Over three-quarters of Corporate Controllers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $62K to $150K per year, and the average comes out to $92K per year. Overall cash earnings for Corporate Controllers stretch from $62K on the lower end to $150K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $26K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. Most Corporate Controllers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Women Corporate Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$61,508 - $136,889
$62K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,151
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$18.99 - $52.27
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$52
MEDIAN: $30.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,508 - $136,889  
   
Bonus
$1,157 - $25,629  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $15,519  
Commission
$11,000  
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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$62,047 - $149,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.99 - $52.27  
   
Overtime
$26.31 - $77.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,157 - $25,629  
   
Commission
$11,000  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $15,519  
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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$62,047 - $149,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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

  • Develop and coordinate the operational functions of the accounting department.
  • Ensure accurate reporting and conformance to financial policies.
  • Supervise budget preparation and billings.
  • Oversee accounting activities and cash, investment, and asset management.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Controller


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Corporate Controllers sometimes assume positions such as VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers. That role pays $145K per year on average. A common career progression for a Corporate Controller is to become a Chief Financial Officer or a VP of Finance. Compared to Corporate Controllers, the first group earns $26K more on average, and the second group earns $42K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Corporate Controller


XYZ Corp. offers the largest salaries in town — $116K on average.

Popular Skills for Corporate Controller


Survey takers working as Corporate Controllers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Forecasting, Senior Financial Management, Budgeting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Payroll Administration. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $74K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $88K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $101K. Corporate Controllers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,535

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Corporate Controllers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Corporate Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Houston (+22 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Corporate Controller

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 655 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 655 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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