Business Unit Controller Salary

Business Unit Controllers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent two-thirds of Business Unit Controllers. Salaries average out to around $90K annually and spread from $54K to $143K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $21K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Business Unit Controllers can bottom out near $54K or peak near $143K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the majority of Business Unit Controllers (61 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$54,099 - $127,607

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$15.48 - $49.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,099 - $127,607  
   
Bonus
$1,192 - $21,183  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $19,667  
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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$54,424 - $143,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $49.88  
   
Overtime
$17.40 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,192 - $21,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $19,667  
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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$54,424 - $143,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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There are some Business Unit Controllers — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Finance, where earnings are an average $136K annually. Going from Business Unit Controller to Corporate Controller is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Corporate Controllers is $92K. Many others choose to work as Chief Financial Officers, where pay is typically $122K.

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Popular Skills for Business Unit Controller


Survey results suggest that Business Unit Controllers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Accounting. Most people who know Accounting also know Financial Analysis and Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Unit Controller

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Business Unit Controllers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $96K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $113K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Business Unit Controllers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Business Unit Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego.

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Experience Affects Business Unit Controller Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Business Unit Controller Salaries


SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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Budgeting
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$97,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 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
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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