Comptroller (Financial) Salary

Comptrollers command the highest salaries on the East Coast; the three top-paying cities are Washington, Baltimore, and New York. In the world of Comptrollers, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $100K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $8K, respectively. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Comptrollers survey respondents are women (73 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,724 - $99,120

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$13.77 - $38.65

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,724 - $99,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,272  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $7,919  
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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$39,525 - $100,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $38.65  
   
Overtime
$12.64 - $37.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,272  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $7,919  
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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$39,525 - $100,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Chief Financial Officer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $122K per year.

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Popular Skills for Comptroller (Financial)


Survey results suggest that Comptrollers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Accounting, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and General Ledger Accounting. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Comptroller (Financial)

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


For Comptrollers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. Comptrollers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Comptrollers in search of above-average pay will head east: In particular, Comptrollers in Washington, Baltimore, and New York enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. In Orlando, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Birmingham (11 percent lower) and Tallahassee (10 percent lower).

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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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General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 21%
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