Comptroller (Financial) Salary

The three highest-paying cities for Comptrollers can all be found on the East Coast: Washington, New York, and Baltimore. Total incomes of Comptrollers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $100K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — about a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Most Comptrollers survey respondents are women (74 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,496 - $99,019
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,117
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$13.94 - $38.07
(Median)
$14
$21
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,496 - $99,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,230  
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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$39,275 - $99,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 763
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $38.07  
   
Overtime
$13.71 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,230  
   
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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$39,275 - $99,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 $122K per year.

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Popular Skills for Comptroller (Financial)


Survey results imply that Comptrollers put a diverse skill set 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. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Comptrollers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Comptrollers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Eastern cities like Washington, New York, and Baltimore are lucrative areas for Comptrollers, where pay is higher than the national average. With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Birmingham and Tallahassee.

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Experience Affects Comptroller (Financial) Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Comptroller (Financial) Salaries


Financial Reporting
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Accounting
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National Average
$60,000




General Ledger Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

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