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Assistant Controller Salary (United States)

Average Assistant Controllers in the United States make around $66K per year. Total cash compensation to Assistant Controllers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $103K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $14K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. For the most part, Assistant Controllers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Assistant Controllers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,642 - $97,631
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National Salary Data

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$44,642 - $97,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,117  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,835  
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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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$43,181 - $102,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,111
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$13.88 - $30.18  
   
Overtime
$18.58 - $48.76  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $14,117  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,835  
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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$43,181 - $102,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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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There are some Assistant Controllers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Financial Officers, where earnings are an average $121K annually. Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers are common next-step roles for Assistant Controllers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Financial Controllers is $11K higher on average, and it's $26K higher for Corporate Controllers.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller

Survey takers working as Assistant Controllers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Month-End Close, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel.

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 $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Controllers make a median salary of $73K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $72K.

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For those looking to make money, Assistant Controllers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+34 percent), New York (+26 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), and Seattle (+23 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (7 percent lower) and Phoenix (5 percent lower).

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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$66,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

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%