Chief Accountant Salary

The majority of Chief Accountants in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $43K to $97K per year, and the median is $59K annually. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Chief Accountants is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Chief Accountants making up 75 percent.

$42,794 - $91,535
MEDIAN: $58,808

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$42,775 - $96,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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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Job skills reported by Chief Accountants are limited. Financial Reporting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Financial Analysis. Financial Analysis and Financial Reporting are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Chief Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $66K. Chief Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $67K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Financial Reporting

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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%