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Business Unit Controller Salary

Business Unit Controllers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $89K per year on average but can range from $53K to $144K per year. Total cash compensation to Business Unit Controllers bottoms out near $53K and approaches $144K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $22K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Business Unit Controllers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. Job satisfaction for Business Unit Controllers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,674 - $127,476
(Median)
$55K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,449
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$15.72 - $39.79
(Median)
$16
$23
$40
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,674 - $127,476  
   
Bonus
$1,438 - $22,245  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $26,020  
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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$53,434 - $143,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$17.70 - $35.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,438 - $22,245  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $26,020  
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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$53,434 - $143,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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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It's not very common for Business Unit Controllers to move on to become VPs of Finance. Average pay for a VP of Finance is $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 show that Business Unit Controllers use a fair number of 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 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Accounting. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Business Unit Controllers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $95K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. 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 $110K on average.

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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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National Average
$97,000

Financial Reporting
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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