Assistant Controller Salary

With one-half of Assistant Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Assistant Controllers is $70K per year and can range from $46K on the lower end to $111K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Assistant Controllers — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $46K to $111K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Assistant Controllers (63 percent) who took the survey are female. For the most part, Assistant Controllers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,120 - $104,818
$48K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,394
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$14.34 - $32.34
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MEDIAN: $21.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,120 - $104,818  
   
Bonus
$511 - $15,258  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
Commission
$12,142  
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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$45,599 - $110,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,564
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $32.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.21 - $43.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$511 - $15,258  
   
Commission
$12,142  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$45,599 - $110,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Assistant Controller


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Though some Assistant Controllers move into positions like Chief Financial Officer (where the average salary is $123K), this progression is not the norm. Assistant Controllers typically move into roles as Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers, and those positions pay $7K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources, Accounts Receivable, and Quickbooks. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Month-End Close.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Assistant Controllers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,569

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Assistant Controllers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), New York (+27 percent), Denver (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Seattle and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Assistant Controller Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Controller?

Assistant Controller in Boston:
"Closest Match to Small Business Controller."
Pros: Independence, Work from Home, Set my own scheduled (mostly), High level of responsibility.
Cons: Tax work, after hours requests/skypes.

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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Key Stats for Assistant Controller

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 400 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Assistant Controller Salaries

▲9%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$71,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries

▲7%




General Ledger Accounting
▼0%

Month-End Close
▼0%

National Average
$71,000








▼14%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 400 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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