The majority of Chief Accountants in the United States — between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $41K to $93K per year, and the median is $62K annually. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Chief Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,460 - $96,660
$42K
$62K
$97K
MEDIAN: $61,682
10%
50%
90%

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$18.67 - $23.93
$22
MEDIAN: $21.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$42,460 - $96,660  
   
Bonus
$979 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$41,016 - $92,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.53  
   
Overtime
$30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$979 - $19,574  
   
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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$41,016 - $92,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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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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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $57K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $59K. Chief Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $67K.

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Key Stats for Chief Accountant

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
040
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting
0%

Financial Analysis
0%

National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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