Assistant Controller Salary

Assistant Controllers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $68K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Assistant Controllers spread between $44K and $105K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Controllers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Assistant Controllers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$45,851 - $99,964
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$46K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,150
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$14.14 - $30.88
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,851 - $99,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,782  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,118  
Commission
$3,600  
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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$44,170 - $105,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,041
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.14 - $30.88  
   
Overtime
$19.03 - $47.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,782  
   
Commission
$3,600  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,118  
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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$44,170 - $105,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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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 who advance into the role of a Chief Financial Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Financial Officers on average earn $123K per year. It is quite typical for Assistant Controllers to transition into roles as Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $24K higher 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 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Financial Reporting are also skilled in Month-End Close and Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $70K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Assistant Controllers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,418

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Assistant Controllers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Houston (+29 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Phoenix and Salt Lake City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as an Assistant Controller?

Assistant Controller in Boston:
"Closest Match to Small Business Controller."
Pros: Independence, Work from Home, Set my own scheduled (mostly), High level of responsibility.
Cons: Tax work, after hours requests/skypes.

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
$68,000


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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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 711 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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