Assistant Controller Salary

The majority of Assistant Controllers in the United States — about one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $44K to $104K per year, and the median is $67K per year. With some bonuses approaching $14K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Assistant Controllers spread between $44K and $104K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Controllers. Female Assistant Controllers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$45,250 - $98,324

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$13.92 - $30.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,250 - $98,324  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,462  
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $9,964  
Total Pay (?
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$43,683 - $103,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$18.76 - $48.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,462  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.56 - $9,964  
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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$43,683 - $103,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
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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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Assistant Controllers do not often transition into Chief Financial Officer roles. The role averages $122K per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Controller often leads to becoming a Financial Controller or a Corporate Controller; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Quickbooks. Those familiar with Financial Reporting tend to be well versed in Month-End Close and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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 beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. Assistant Controllers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Controllers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Houston (+32 percent), Dallas (+28 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Workers in Phoenix and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 2 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 Applications
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Financial Reporting
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Month-End Close
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General Ledger Accounting
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National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Dynamics GP
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Cost Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 671 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

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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