A Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) earns an average salary of $150,884 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$55,579 - $251,040
MEDIAN: $150,884

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$55,579 - $251,040  
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$55,107 - $314,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Job Description for Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)

Chief accounting officers (CAOs) are in charge of the entire accounting department of their institution. They are responsible for their company’s accounting operations and financial reporting functions. They oversee accounting and administrative staff. They must make sure that their staff follow procedures and adhere to various regulatory rules and regulations.


Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) Tasks

  • Oversee internal and external audits, and make recommendations and changes to processes.
  • Track records, plan, and file all state and federal taxes, along with internal and external financial reports.
  • Oversee all accounting, including ledgers, assets, credit, collections, and accounts.
  • Oversee payroll and budgeting processes to ensure the flow of operations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)

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Experience Affects Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) Salaries

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National Average

Financial Reporting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%