Business Unit Controller Salary

Close to two-thirds of Business Unit Controllers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $54K to $144K per year, but median earnings come to around $91K annually. Total cash compensation to Business Unit Controllers bottoms out near $54K and approaches $144K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $21K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Business Unit Controllers who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Most Business Unit Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,209 - $128,130
(Median)
$54K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,530
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$15.57 - $40.06
(Median)
$16
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,209 - $128,130  
   
Bonus
$1,208 - $21,041  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $25,826  
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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$53,657 - $144,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $40.06  
   
Overtime
$17.40 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,208 - $21,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $25,826  
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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$53,657 - $144,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 do not often transition into VP of Finance roles. The role averages $136K per year. The most common promotion for Business Unit Controllers is a Corporate Controller position, which usually brings in $92K a year. Another standard transition for Business Unit Controllers seeking advancement is to assume a Chief Financial Officer role, where pay is often $122K.

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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, Budget Management, SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Accounting. The majority of those who know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $96K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $109K. Business Unit Controllers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Business Unit Controllers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Business Unit Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent.

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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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$97,000

Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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