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Director of Finance & Administration Salary (United States)

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Finance & Administration in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $150K per year and averages out to $86K per year. Total cash earnings of Directors of Finance & Administration range from $51K on the low end to $150K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $15K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Directors of Finance & Administration (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Directors of Finance & Administration report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Director of Finance & Administration Salary (?
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$51,053 - $133,527
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MEDIAN: $85,818
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Director of Finance & Administration Salary (?
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$15.67 - $48.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,053 - $133,527  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $30,334  
Profit Sharing
$1,984 - $15,205  
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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$50,750 - $150,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,259
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Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $48.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$206.08 - $30,334  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,984 - $15,205  
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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$50,750 - $150,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Job Description for Director of Finance & Administration

Directors of finance and administration are experienced employees who oversee the daily financial and administrative activity for a company. This position typically require at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or another related field; it also usually requires many years of experience working in administration and financial management, with both legal degrees and management experience preferred.
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Director of Finance & Administration Tasks
  • Direct profit forecasts, expense budgets, and accounting analyses.
  • Direct daily management of budget and human resources.
  • Hire and supervise staff in daily operations.
  • Develop, refine, and direct use of accounting systems and internal control of those systems.
  • Coordinate all audits and work with internal teams to meet operating goals.

Common Career Paths for Director of Finance & Administration

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While not commonly seen, Directors of Finance & Administration who transition into a VP of Finance or Chief Financial Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers is $142K per year. Typical career progression for a Director of Finance & Administration involves becoming a Chief Financial Officer or a VP of Finance, roles that pay $34K more and $49K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Finance & Administration

Directors of Finance & Administration seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Financial Modeling, Senior Financial Management, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 60 percent, 23 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Human Resources, and Accounting. Most people experienced in Accounting also know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Finance & Administration

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $67K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $80K. Directors of Finance & Administration with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $94K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$87,000
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Directors of Finance & Administration will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Directors of Finance & Administration will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+31 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 8 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Dallas (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Finance & Administration Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Director of Finance & Administration Salaries

Financial Modeling
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$87,000
Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%