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Business Unit Controller Salary (United States)

With roughly two in three of Business Unit Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Business Unit Controllers is $88K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $143K per year near the higher end. Overall incomes of Business Unit Controllers generally bottom out at around $53K and peak near $143K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $24K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Male Business Unit Controllers are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) of Business Unit Controllers are men. Job satisfaction for Business Unit Controllers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Business Unit Controller Salary (?
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$51,688 - $126,356
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MEDIAN: $88,034
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Business Unit Controller Salary (?
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$15.57 - $40.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,688 - $126,356  
   
Bonus
$1,471 - $24,072  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $25,174  
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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$52,664 - $142,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $40.06  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,471 - $24,072  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $25,174  
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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$52,664 - $142,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Business Unit Controller

A business unit controller is an executive tasked with overseeing the operation's financial accounting and reporting. They typically have the entire accounting department of a company under their supervision and are expected to manage it in a manner that conforms to standard practices. Additionally, business unit controllers sign off on the financial reporting of an organization and must make sure that all reporting is as accurate and reliable as possible. Additionally, the controller normally sets up routine auditing systems to ensure everyone adheres to organizational standards.
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Business Unit Controller Tasks
  • Work for organization-wide compliance with financial controls and audits.
  • Gather, analyze, and reconcile financial data, communicating, and disseminating results.
  • Lead financial planning and analysis for the business unit, reviewing balance sheets for accuracy and correctness.
  • Model financial performance and goals to inform strategic plans.

Common Career Paths for Business Unit Controller

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Business Unit Controllers may go on to top-notch roles like Chief Financial Officer, where median pay is $121K annually.

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Popular Skills for Business Unit Controller

Survey results imply that Business Unit Controllers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Forecasting, SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling , Budget Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Accounting are, more often than not, also skilled in Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Business Unit Controllers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $104K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 32 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 38 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 29 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$96,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Business Unit Controllers, Charlotte offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Boston, top-paying cities where Business Unit Controllers see paychecks higher than average (+20 percent, +19 percent, +18 percent, and +4 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Business Unit Controller Salaries

National Average
$96,000

Skills That Affect Business Unit Controller Salaries

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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National Average
$96,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%