Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $99K per year, median earnings come to $59K annually. 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 73 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance.

$41,444 - $93,411
MEDIAN: $59,311

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$41,444 - $93,411  
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$41,819 - $98,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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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Survey takers who work as Chief Accountants report a focused set of job skills. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Financial Analysis. Financial Reporting is a skill commonly found among those who know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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

The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $67K.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

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Financial Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

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


73 %
27 %

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 13%