Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than three-fourths of Corporate Controllers. Pay fluctuates from $62K to $150K per year, but expected earnings average $92K per year. In the world of Corporate Controllers, overall income ranges from $62K near the bottom to $150K at the top; this can include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,771 - $137,917
$62K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,186
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$19.61 - $50.68
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MEDIAN: $30.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,771 - $137,917  
   
Bonus
$1,026 - $25,398  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $15,525  
Commission
$11,000  
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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$62,243 - $150,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.61 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $77.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,026 - $25,398  
   
Commission
$11,000  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $15,525  
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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$62,243 - $150,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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Job Description for Corporate Controller

A corporate controller oversees all the financial and accounting functions of a given organization, including billing, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, and other functions. Corporate controllers also perform management duties, as many different departments related to financial and accounting practices report to them. They are also responsible for overseeing the company's systems for financial and accounting procedures, collecting on accounts payable, payroll processing, financial reports, statements, budgets, and forecasts. Some controllers are also responsible for filing annual and quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a smaller company, they might assume the role of CFO, or chief financial officer. Often, with smaller companies, they will report directly to the chief executive officer or president of the company.

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Corporate Controller Tasks

  • Develop and coordinate the operational functions of the accounting department.
  • Ensure accurate reporting and conformance to financial policies.
  • Supervise budget preparation and billings.
  • Oversee accounting activities and cash, investment, and asset management.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Controller


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Though it's uncommon, some Corporate Controllers move into roles as VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers, where pay is an average $145K per year. The most common next step for a Corporate Controller is to become a Chief Financial Officer or a VP of Finance. The former position pays an additional $27K per year on average, and the latter position pays $43K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Corporate Controller


Those at XYZ Corp. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $116K.

Popular Skills for Corporate Controller


Survey results imply that Corporate Controllers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Senior Financial Management, Forecasting, Budgeting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Payroll Administration. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Budgeting and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Controller

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 473 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 980 salaries. An experienced Corporate Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 2,012 salaries. A Corporate Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 1,606 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,387

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

For Corporate Controllers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Houston (+27 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). In Miami, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Corporate Controller

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 732 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries

▲6%

▲4%

National Average
$96,000

▼8%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries


▲6%

▲2%

Financial Reporting
▼0%

Financial Analysis
▼0%

Budget Management
▼0%

National Average
$96,000









▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 732 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 12%
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