With nearly two in three of Chief Accountants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $106K per year and averages out to $59K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Accountants. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Women Chief Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,569 - $99,340
MEDIAN: $58,628

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$40,569 - $99,340  
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$40,291 - $105,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Chief Accountant

Chief accountants typically handle the financial transactions for their company. They are often employed at government agencies, hospitals' billing departments, banks, retail chains, and a number of other establishments. Their day-to-day work typically includes handling tax-related duties, overseeing the business' payroll, collecting and paying bills, handling discrepancies, and maintaining a budget. They may also oversee the work of other accountants as well, checking subordinates' work, providing feedback, and answering questions; they may also play a role in the hiring process and have a say in the accountants hired for their business as well.


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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Accountants make a median salary of $62K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Chief Accountant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $67K on average.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


56 %
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 25%