Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than three-quarters of Corporate Controllers. Salaries average out to around $88K annually and spread from $58K to $144K per year. Total cash earnings of Corporate Controllers range from $58K on the low end to $144K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $15K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Job satisfaction for Corporate Controllers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,437 - $132,137

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$17.46 - $50.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,437 - $132,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,685  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $14,528  
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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$58,333 - $143,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $50.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,685  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $14,528  
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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$58,333 - $143,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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.

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Corporate Controllers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer. The average VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer brings home $141K per year. Corporate Controllers most often move into positions as Chief Financial Officers or VPs of Finance; those groups report median salaries that are $30K higher and $44K higher, 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Human Resources. Most people familiar with 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $71K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Corporate Controllers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


Corporate Controllers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Austin (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 1359 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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