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Business Unit Controller Salary (United States)

Business Unit Controllers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $89K annually, but may range from $54K to $142K per year. Total cash compensation to Business Unit Controllers ranges from $54K on the lower end to $142K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $24K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Business Unit Controllers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Business Unit Controller Salary (?
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$54,705 - $125,745
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MEDIAN: $88,562
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Business Unit Controller Salary (?
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$15.72 - $39.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,705 - $125,745  
   
Bonus
$1,482 - $23,527  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $24,724  
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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$54,013 - $142,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 538
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$15.70 - $34.00  
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
$1,482 - $23,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $24,724  
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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$54,013 - $142,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Business Unit Controllers may go on to top-notch roles like Chief Financial Officer, where median pay is $121K annually.

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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 12 percent and 16 percent. 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Business Unit Controllers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $93K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $104K. 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 $105K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$96,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Business Unit Controllers, Charlotte offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Business Unit Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+19 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego.

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Experience Affects Business Unit Controller Salaries

National Average
$96,000

Skills That Affect Business Unit Controller Salaries

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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National Average
$96,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%