Business Unit Controller Salary

Wages for Business Unit Controllers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($97K) per year. Total cash earnings of Business Unit Controllers range from $58K on the low end to $154K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $24K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Business Unit Controllers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Business Unit Controllers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,254 - $136,407
$58K
$97K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,342
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$16.11 - $64.56
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$28
$65
MEDIAN: $28.50
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$0$153K
Salary $58,254 - $136,407
Bonus $3,949 - $29,574
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $24,066
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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$58,026 - $153,631
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 241
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $16.11 - $64.56
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$153K
Bonus $3,949 - $29,574
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $24,066
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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$58,026 - $153,631
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

  • 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.
  • Work for organization-wide compliance with financial controls and audits.
  • Gather, analyze, and reconcile financial data, communicating, and disseminating results.

Common Career Paths for Business Unit Controller


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Business Unit Controllers who transition into a VP of Finance role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $139K per year. Becoming a Corporate Controller is, more often than not, the most common role that Business Unit Controllers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Corporate Controller is $94K. Another frequent advance is for Business Unit Controllers to assume a Chief Financial Officer role; in this role, workers often take home $123K.

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Popular Skills for Business Unit Controller


Business Unit Controllers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Budget Management, SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, and Accounting. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Accounting and Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Controller

Pay by Experience for a Business Unit Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Business Unit Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Business Unit Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Business Unit Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 125 salaries. A Business Unit Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 60 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $105,619

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Business Unit Controllers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Business Unit Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Birmingham (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (12 percent lower) and Boston (10 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Business Unit Controller?

Business Unit Controller in Terre Haute:
"Multiple diverse responsibilities."
Pros: Little oversight, office culture.
Cons: Responsibilities are a cross between project management and internal business unit financial forecasting. Would prefer one or the other.

Business Unit Controller in Los Angeles:
"Fast paced. Deadline oriented. Casual corporate culture."
Pros: Flexible work week.
Cons: Unrealistic expectations.

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Key Stats for Business Unit Controller

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Business Unit Controller Salaries

▲8%

▲7%

National Average
$106,000

▼3%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Business Unit Controller Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%
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