Corporate Controller Salary

The majority of Corporate Controllers in the United States — over three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $59K to $146K per year, and the median is $89K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Corporate Controllers — as high as $25K, $15K and $18K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $59K to $146K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Corporate Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,345 - $133,522
(Median)
$58K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,529
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$17.65 - $52.01
(Median)
$18
$29
$52
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,345 - $133,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,934  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $15,088  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$58,967 - $145,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.65 - $52.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,934  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $15,088  
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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$58,967 - $145,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Corporate Controller


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For Corporate Controllers, progressing to a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer can earn $144K annually. When Corporate Controllers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Chief Financial Officers or VPs of Finance. Those roles pay an additional $30K and $44K, respectively.

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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 Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Budgeting and Budget Management. Those who learned Financial Reporting also tend to know Budget Management and Budgeting.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Controller

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


For Corporate Controllers, 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 $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $86K. For Corporate Controllers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Corporate Controllers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,678

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For Corporate Controllers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and New York (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$93,000



Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries



Budgeting
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Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
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Financial Applications
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Financial Reporting
0%

Tax Compliance
0%

National Average
$93,000

General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1358 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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