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Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $60K annually, but may range from $42K to $98K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Chief Accountants making up 73 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,648 - $92,714
MEDIAN: $59,611

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$41,648 - $92,714  
$0.00 - $14,617  
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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).
$42,076 - $97,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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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Job skills reported by Chief Accountants are limited. 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 also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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

Chief Accountants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Chief Accountants bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $68K.

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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: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 13%