Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $89K annually, but may range from $59K to $146K per year. Total incomes of Corporate Controllers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $59K and $146K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate Controllers (51 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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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Corporate Controllers who transition into a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $144K per year. Typical career progression for a Corporate Controller involves becoming a Chief Financial Officer or a VP of Finance, roles that pay $30K more and $44K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Controller


Corporate Controllers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Senior Financial Management, Forecasting, Budgeting, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people experienced in Financial Reporting also know Budget Management and Budgeting. It is often found that people who know Financial Analysis are also skilled in Budgeting and Budget Management.

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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,678

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

For Corporate Controllers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than 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). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is 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
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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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