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Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $87K annually on average but can range from $58K to $143K per year. Cash earnings for Corporate Controllers — including $25K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $58K to $143K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Corporate Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men working as Corporate Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,905 - $131,460
(Median)
$57K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,285
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50%
90%

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$17.57 - $50.94
(Median)
$18
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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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
$56,905 - $131,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,612  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,562  
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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$57,862 - $143,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.57 - $50.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.64  
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 - $24,612  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,562  
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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$57,862 - $143,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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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At the upper end, Corporate Controllers who move into a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers is a much higher $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 $31K per year on average, and the latter position pays $45K more per year.

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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, Tax Compliance, Forecasting, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent 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.


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. 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (6 percent less) and Salt Lake City (4 percent less).

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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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Budgeting
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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 1490 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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