Comptroller (Financial) Salary

The majority of Comptrollers in the United States — two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $40K to $101K per year, and the median is $62K annually. Final cash compensation to Comptrollers varies from around $40K to approximately $101K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $8K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Comptrollers making up 72 percent. Job satisfaction for Comptrollers is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,299 - $100,074
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,069
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$14.09 - $38.83
(Median)
$14
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,299 - $100,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,380  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $8,000  
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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$39,802 - $100,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 779
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $38.83  
   
Overtime
$12.30 - $42.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,380  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $8,000  
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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$39,802 - $100,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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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Many Comptrollers move into a Chief Financial Officer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $123K per year.

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Popular Skills for Comptroller (Financial)


Comptrollers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and General Ledger Accounting. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Comptroller (Financial)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Comptrollers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Comptrollers make a median salary of $64K. Comptrollers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,228

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Comptrollers in Baltimore, Washington, and New York — eastern regions — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee (18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Comptroller (Financial) Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Comptroller (Financial) Salaries


Financial Reporting
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$61,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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