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Chief Accountant Salary (United States)

Chief Accountants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five 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 $101K per year. Most Chief Accountants survey respondents are women (73 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths.
Chief Accountant Salary (?
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$41,595 - $96,406
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MEDIAN: $59,454
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Chief Accountant Salary (?
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$17.11 - $89.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,595 - $96,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$41,555 - $100,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$17.11 - $89.40  
   
Overtime
$26.17 - $43.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
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$41,555 - $100,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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 pay less than market rate include Financial Analysis. Many workers who know Financial Analysis also know Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Chief Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. For some reason, Chief Accountants with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $68K.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%
Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$60,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

National Average
$60,000
Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%
Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 14%