Corporate Controller Salary

More than three-quarters of Corporate Controllers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $58K to $144K per year, but median earnings come to around $88K annually. 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 $58K and $144K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Women Corporate Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Corporate Controllers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,359 - $132,095
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,593
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50%
90%

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$17.44 - $50.95
(Median)
$17
$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
$57,359 - $132,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,641  
Profit Sharing
$982 - $14,551  
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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$58,281 - $143,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,599
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.44 - $50.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.74  
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 - $24,641  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$982 - $14,551  
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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$58,281 - $143,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer, where median compensation is $141K 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


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 4 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. 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.


Corporate Controllers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $85K. Corporate Controllers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Corporate Controllers, 26 percent above the national average. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Miami and 2 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries



Financial Applications
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Tax Compliance
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Budgeting
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Financial Analysis
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Budget Management
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Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$92,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1375 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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