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Comptroller (Financial) Salary (United States)

Comptrollers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $99K per year, median earnings come to $60K annually. Overall cash earnings for Comptrollers stretch from $38K on the lower end to $99K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Comptrollers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Female Comptrollers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Comptroller (Financial) Salary (?
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$39,739 - $98,727
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MEDIAN: $60,281
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Comptroller (Financial) Salary (?
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$13.70 - $36.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,739 - $98,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,233  
Profit Sharing
$1,754 - $8,109  
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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$38,150 - $99,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 776
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $36.93  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $39.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,233  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,754 - $8,109  
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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$38,150 - $99,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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Comptrollers' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chief Financial Officer. Chief Financial Officers get paid an average $121K 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, Accounting, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and General Ledger Accounting. The majority of those who know Financial Analysis also 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Comptrollers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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 Diego
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San Antonio
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National Average
$59,000
Birmingham
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Home to some of the best pay for Comptrollers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 58 percent above the national average. Comptrollers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+41 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Workers in Orlando and Miami earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Comptroller (Financial) Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Comptroller (Financial) Salaries

Accounting
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National Average
$59,000
Human Resources
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Payroll Administration
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General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 21%