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Chief Accountant Salary

Chief Accountants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $60K per year, but may range from $42K to $98K per year. Work is enjoyable for Chief Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. Female Chief Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. 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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$42,076 - $97,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Chief Accountants report a focused set of job skills. 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. 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Chief Accountants see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Chief Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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%