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Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over three-fourths of Corporate Controllers. Pay fluctuates from $58K to $143K per year, but expected earnings average $87K per year. In the world of Corporate Controllers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $143K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate Controllers (50 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,942 - $131,767
(Median)
$57K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,382
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50%
90%

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$17.60 - $50.85
(Median)
$18
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,942 - $131,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,660  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $14,367  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
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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$57,900 - $143,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $50.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.15  
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 - $24,660  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $14,367  
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).
)
$57,900 - $143,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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 go on to become VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers is $142K annually. Chief Financial Officers or VPs of Finance are common next-step roles for Corporate Controllers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Chief Financial Officers is $31K higher on average, and it's $45K higher for VPs of Finance.

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Popular Skills for Corporate Controller


Corporate Controllers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Senior Financial Management, Forecasting, Tax Compliance, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Budgeting and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Controller

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


Corporate Controllers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $71K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $84K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. 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 $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Corporate Controllers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Corporate Controllers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Miami and Salt Lake City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries




Budgeting
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Financial Applications
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
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Budget Management
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$92,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1476 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%
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