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Assistant Controller Salary

The average Assistant Controller in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $67K annually. In the world of Assistant Controllers, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $104K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Assistant Controllers claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Assistant Controllers (61 percent) survey participants are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,066 - $98,386
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$67K
$98K
MEDIAN: $66,829
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$13.99 - $30.39
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,066 - $98,386  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,487  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $9,783  
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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$43,631 - $103,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,418
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$18.73 - $48.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $9,783  
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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$43,631 - $103,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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. Assistant Controllers typically move into roles as Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers, and those positions pay $10K more and $25K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Month-End Close, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable. Most people experienced in Financial Reporting also know Month-End Close and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $68K. Assistant Controllers bring in $74K 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


Assistant Controllers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Assistant Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+33 percent), New York (+31 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Salt Lake City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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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Month-End Close
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General Ledger Accounting
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National Average
$67,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 725 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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