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 $42K to $100K per year, but expected earnings average $59K per year. Most Chief Accountants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Job satisfaction for Chief Accountants is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$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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$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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Chief Accountants note just a narrow range of job skills. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Financial Analysis. Aptitude in Financial Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accountant

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


Chief Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $68K.

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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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