Business Unit Controller Salary

The majority of Business Unit Controllers in the United States — nearly two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $56K to $146K per year, and the median is $92K per year. In the world of Business Unit Controllers, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $146K at the top; this can include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Business Unit Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. More than half of Business Unit Controllers (61 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$55,808 - $130,034
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$56K
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$130K
MEDIAN: $91,933
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$15.32 - $59.95
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,808 - $130,034  
   
Bonus
$1,005 - $24,579  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $19,872  
Total Pay (?
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$55,936 - $146,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 550
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $59.95  
   
Overtime
$28.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,005 - $24,579  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $19,872  
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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$55,936 - $146,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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As Business Unit Controllers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Finance, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Finance earn $137K on average per year. More often than not, a Corporate Controller role is the next step for Business Unit Controllers moving up in the field. Pay for Corporate Controllers is usually $93K. Many Business Unit Controllers choose to take on a Finance Director role instead, where salaries are typically $104K.

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Popular Skills for Business Unit Controller


Business Unit Controllers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Accounting. Most people familiar with Accounting also know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Controller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Business Unit Controllers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $112K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $116K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,263

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

For Business Unit Controllers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Business Unit Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+29 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), Birmingham (+17 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (5 percent lower) and Boston (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Business Unit Controller Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Business Unit Controller Salaries



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SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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National Average
$98,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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