Business Unit Controller Salary

Business Unit Controllers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $91K per year on average but can range from $54K to $144K per year. Final cash compensation to Business Unit Controllers varies from around $54K to approximately $144K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $22K and $26K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Business Unit Controllers. The majority of Business Unit Controllers (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,099 - $128,036
(Median)
$54K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,662
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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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Salary
$54,099 - $128,036  
   
Bonus
$1,026 - $22,123  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $25,644  
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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$53,959 - $143,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 555
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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
$1,026 - $22,123  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $25,644  
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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$53,959 - $143,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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While not commonly seen, Business Unit Controllers who transition into a VP of Finance position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Finance is $136K per year. A Corporate Controller role is the most prevalent career advancement for Business Unit Controllers. Paychecks for that role are $92K on average. The Chief Financial Officer position is another common transition for Business Unit Controllers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $122K mark.

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Popular Skills for Business Unit Controller


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Accounting. Most people familiar with 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.


Business Unit Controllers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $109K. 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 $112K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Business Unit Controllers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Business Unit Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), and Charlotte (+14 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national 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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Budgeting
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$97,000

Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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