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Assistant Controller Salary (United States)

Yearly wages for Assistant Controllers in the United States typically come in around $65K annually. In the world of Assistant Controllers, total cash compensation can vary between $43K and $102K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. More than half of Assistant Controllers (62 percent) are women. Most Assistant Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,260 - $96,578
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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  
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$42,522 - $101,633  
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  
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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Assistant Controllers who transition into an upper level VP of Finance role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $136K per year. Assistant Controllers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller

Assistant Controllers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. Those educated in Financial Analysis tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Controllers make a median salary of $72K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $71K by contrast. 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 those with more than 20 years of experience.

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$65,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Controllers, 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. In Miami, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (7 percent less) and Phoenix (3 percent less).

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%