Assistant Controller Salary

Assistant Controllers in the United States pull down an average of $67K annually. In the world of Assistant Controllers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $44K and $103K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Assistant Controllers (62 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Assistant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$45,122 - $98,188
(Median)
$45K
$67K
$98K
MEDIAN: $66,793
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$13.98 - $30.59
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$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,122 - $98,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,447  
Profit Sharing
$496.08 - $9,844  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,622 - $103,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,521
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.98 - $30.59  
   
Overtime
$19.14 - $48.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,447  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.08 - $9,844  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,622 - $103,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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Job Description for Assistant Controller

An assistant controller manages day-to-day accounts activities and often oversees any internal auditing. The assistant controller must have a good working knowledge of financial regulations to ensure that the finance department is working within those parameters. It is expected that the assistant controller is a good leader and manager, as they usually help develop their team and advise their superiors. Assistant controllers are responsible for the accuracy of data in accounts, and they must ensure that all of their counts maintain integrity. They also may be responsible for the budget and for allocating resources as necessary; this includes creating reports and overseeing the annual budget and presenting it to their superiors. The assistant controller will often report to the company’s chief executive officer or chief financial officers, in addition to other supervisors they may have.

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Assistant Controller Tasks

  • Review and edit statements to align with business requirements and industry standards.
  • Assist in the preparation and reporting of financial statements for an organization.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Controller


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There are some Assistant Controllers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Financial Officers, where earnings are an average $122K annually. When Assistant Controllers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $25K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Financial Applications, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable, Quickbooks, and Accounts Receivable. Skill sets containing Financial Reporting also tend to include Month-End Close and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel and Month-End Close.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Controllers make a median salary of $74K. For some reason, Assistant Controllers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


Assistant Controllers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Assistant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Houston (+31 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), and Washington (+21 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Salt Lake City (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as an Assistant Controller?

Assistant Controller in St. Charles:
Pros: Enjoy the work, the location and my co-workers.
Cons: Some weeks require 45 to 50 hours per week or longer at year end. At the current time, I also am responsible for benefit administration, including 401K and insurance.

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Experience Affects Assistant Controller Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries



Financial Reporting
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Financial Applications
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General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 681 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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