Chief Accountant Salary

The majority of Chief Accountants in the United States — about three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $43K to $95K per year, and the median is $59K per year. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Accountants. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Chief Accountants making up 75 percent.

$42,644 - $91,145
MEDIAN: $59,471

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$42,775 - $95,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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Professional skills reported by Chief Accountants are few in number. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Financial Analysis. Financial Analysis and Financial Reporting are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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

For Chief Accountants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. For Chief Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $67K. Chief Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $68K on average.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting

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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


75 %
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 20%