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Corporate Controller Salary

With more than three-quarters of Corporate Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $58K to $143K per year and averages out to $87K annually. Total incomes of Corporate Controllers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $58K and $143K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Corporate Controllers (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Corporate Controllers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$56,417 - $131,167
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$56,417 - $131,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,659  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $14,371  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,792  
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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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$57,594 - $143,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,902
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$17.66 - $50.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.76  
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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 - $24,659  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $14,371  
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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$57,594 - $143,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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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As Corporate Controllers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers on average earn $142K 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 $30K per year on average, and the latter position pays $45K more per year.

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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, Tax Compliance, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Payable. The majority of those who know Financial Reporting also know Budget Management and Budgeting. The majority of those 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 $70K 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 have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Corporate Controllers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), New York (+19 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (5 percent less) and Phoenix (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries




Budget Management
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Financial Applications
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Budgeting
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Financial Analysis
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$91,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1502 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%