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Comptroller (Financial) Salary (United States)

Just below two-thirds of Comptrollers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $38K to $99K per year, but standard earnings come to around $60K per year. Overall cash earnings for Comptrollers vary widely between $38K and $99K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one-half collect dental insurance. Men working as Comptrollers are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 72 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Comptroller (Financial) Salary (?
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$39,628 - $97,678
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MEDIAN: $59,921
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Comptroller (Financial) Salary (?
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$14.19 - $38.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,628 - $97,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,223  
Profit Sharing
$1,762 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,851 - $98,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 799
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $38.91  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,762 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,851 - $98,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Comptroller (Financial)

A comptroller holds a high-level management position overseeing a company's accounting policies and procedures. He or she ensures proper financial reporting in accordance with accounting policies, and this individual often analyzes various budgets and forecasts for accuracy as well. Additionally, the comptroller works with accounting managers to help ensure that all of a company’s procedures adhere to standard accounting practices. He or she may coordinate and perform regular audits for departments within their company to help maintain financial integrity and best practices.
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Comptroller (Financial) Tasks
  • Complete account invoices, process incoming and outgoing payments, and review payroll and benefits.
  • Handle an office’s finances, prepare budgets, oversee accounts and statements, generate cost analysis reports, and perform analysis.
  • Create and maintain a government agency or office’s financial policies, procedures, and reporting systems.
  • Ensure that financial records are kept accurately and according to both internal and government regulations.

Common Career Paths for Comptroller (Financial)

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For Comptrollers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Chief Financial Officer will earn $121K annually.

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Popular Skills for Comptroller (Financial)

Survey results show that Comptrollers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Accounting, and Payroll Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll Administration. It is often found that people who know Financial Analysis are also skilled in Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Comptroller (Financial)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Comptrollers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $63K by contrast. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience — one to nine years — make up 34 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 37 percent, and those with the most experience — more than 20 years — account for 27 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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San Antonio
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National Average
$59,000
Miami
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Birmingham
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For those looking to make money, Comptrollers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio, where Comptrollers annually earn 41 percent, 26 percent, 23 percent, and 4 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (11 percent lower) and Birmingham (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Comptroller (Financial) Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Comptroller (Financial) Salaries

Financial Reporting
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Accounting
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National Average
$59,000
Payroll Tax Compliance
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General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 20%