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Corporate Controller Salary

The majority of Corporate Controllers in the United States — more than three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $58K to $143K per year, and the median is $87K annually. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Corporate Controllers spread between $58K and $143K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Corporate Controllers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Corporate Controllers making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$56,989 - $131,297
(Median)
$57K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,145
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50%
90%

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$17.62 - $51.08
(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
$56,989 - $131,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,564  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $14,343  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,080  
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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$57,971 - $143,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,396
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $51.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.73  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,564  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $14,343  
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).
)
$57,971 - $143,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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 $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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 pay less than market rate include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Corporate Controllers make a median salary of $96K. 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


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Corporate Controllers, 27 percent above the national average. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (4 percent less) and Phoenix (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries




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

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1513 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
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%