Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up approximately three-fifths of Chief Accountants. Pay fluctuates from $43K to $96K per year, but expected earnings average $59K per year. Female Chief Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Accountants. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,344 - $91,600

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$42,554 - $96,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Financial Analysis. Financial Analysis and Financial Reporting are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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


Chief Accountants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. Chief Accountants bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Chief Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$61,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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