Assistant Controller Salary

The average Assistant Controller in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $67K per year. Total incomes of Assistant Controllers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $103K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Assistant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Assistant Controllers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (62 percent) are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$45,165 - $98,126
(Median)
$45K
$67K
$98K
MEDIAN: $66,900
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$14.03 - $30.60
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,165 - $98,126  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,500  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,990  
Total Pay (?
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$43,671 - $103,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,549
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Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $30.60  
   
Overtime
$19.07 - $48.27  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,990  
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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$43,671 - $103,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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. The most common next step for an Assistant Controller is to become a Financial Controller or a Corporate Controller. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $25K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Financial Applications, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Payable, Quickbooks, and Accounts Receivable. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Month-End Close. Most people skilled in Financial Reporting are similarly competent in Month-End Close and Microsoft Excel.

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 $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. On average, Assistant Controllers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Assistant Controllers report making only $73K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Controllers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Houston (+32 percent), Dallas (+27 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. Workers in Salt Lake City and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, 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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Cost Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 677 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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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