Business Unit Controller Salary

Business Unit Controllers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $92K per year, but may range from $56K to $146K per year. Total cash compensation to Business Unit Controllers approaches anywhere from $56K on the lower end to $146K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $25K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Business Unit Controllers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Business Unit Controllers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$55,808 - $130,034
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$56K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,933
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$15.32 - $59.95
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$31
$60
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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$0$25$50$75
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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Business Unit Controllers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Finance. The latter position pays an average of $137K annually. 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 $93K. Another frequent advance is for Business Unit Controllers to assume a Finance Director role; in this role, workers often take home $104K.

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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, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Accounting. For most people, competency in Accounting indicates knowledge of 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $96K. 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.

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Business Unit Controllers, 29 percent higher 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). In San Diego, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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