Assistant Controller Salary

Pay for Assistant Controllers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $67K annually. 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 $104K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Assistant Controllers (61 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Assistant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,937 - $98,362
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$45K
$67K
$98K
MEDIAN: $66,562
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$14.04 - $30.28
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$44,937 - $98,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,515  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,101  
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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$43,515 - $103,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,359
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $30.28  
   
Overtime
$18.80 - $47.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,515  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,101  
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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$43,515 - $103,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant Controllers move into roles as Chief Financial Officers, where pay is an average $122K per year. A common career progression for an Assistant Controller is to become a Financial Controller or a Corporate Controller. Compared to Assistant Controllers, the first group earns $10K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Month-End Close, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable. Those proficient in Financial Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Controllers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Controller Reviews

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



Month-End Close
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Financial Reporting
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Financial Applications
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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General Ledger Accounting
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National Average
$67,000

Cost Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 740 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
16%

Common Health Benefits

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