Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $100K per year, median earnings come to $59K annually. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Chief Accountants making up 75 percent. Most Chief Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half.

$41,541 - $94,281
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$94K
MEDIAN: $59,239
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$41,541 - $94,281  
   
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$0.00 - $10,342  
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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).
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$41,724 - $99,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Chief Accountants who took the survey. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. On average, Chief Accountants make $66K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average.

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Experience Affects Chief Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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