Assistant Controller Salary (United States)

Salaries for Assistant Controllers in the United States sit in the ballpark of $65,192 annually. Pay begins at $42,522 on the low end and climbs to $101,633 per year near the top. Overall cash income ranges from $44,260 near the bottom to $96,578) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $14,114 from bonuses and $9,741 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Women account for the majority of Assistant Controllers—62 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Assistant Controller Salary (?
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Assistant Controller Salary (?
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$13.71 - $29.94
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National Salary Data

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$44,260 - $96,578  
   
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$0.00 - $14,114  
Profit Sharing
$518 - $9,741  
Total Pay (?
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$42,522 - $101,633  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,952
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$13.71 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$18.30 - $49.03  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $14,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$518 - $9,741  
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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$42,522 - $101,633  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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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For Assistant Controllers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a VP of Finance will earn $71K more than someone not as far along in their career. When Assistant Controllers are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers, where they can expect an additional $11,634 or $26K per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller

Assistant Controllers report exploiting a large range 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 of 12 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

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Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, pay rises to approximately $67K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Assistant Controllers' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $71K. Assistant Controllers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Assistant Controllers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles, where Assistant Controllers typically earn around 32 percent, 26 percent, 26 percent, and 23 percent more than usual. Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (-7 percent) and Phoenix (-3 percent).

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

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$65,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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: 53% employee benefits None: 13%
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