Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K per year on average but can range from $42K to $97K per year. Job satisfaction for Chief Accountants is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Chief Accountants survey respondents are women (75 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,192 - $91,831
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,332
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$42,192 - $91,831  
   
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$42,441 - $96,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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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Chief Accountants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Financial Analysis. Aptitude in Financial Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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


Chief Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. Chief Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Chief Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $68K.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%
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