A Financial Controller earns an average salary of $78,488 per year. A skill in Senior Financial Management is associated with high pay for this job.

$51,406 - $117,537
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$51K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,488
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$16.38 - $49.37
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,406 - $117,537  
   
Bonus
$965 - $19,934  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,647  
Commission
$986 - $20,426  
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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$50,643 - $124,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8,309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.38 - $49.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.63 - $52.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $19,934  
   
Commission
$986 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,647  
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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$50,643 - $124,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 545
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Job Description for Financial Controller

The position of financial controller, or comptroller, involves managing financial departments of a company. These departments can include the accounting department, budget department, audit department, and any other finance-related departments. Financial controllers have many responsibilities, such as producing critical financial reports, profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and financial prospectuses. They must also prepare reports that predict the financial performance of a company over time. Any paperwork that needs to be done for federal and state regulatory agencies is completed and submitted by the financial controller.

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Financial Controller Tasks

  • Ensure policies and procedures are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Establish and maintain internal controls to support the financial infrastructure.
  • Present financial reporting and potential risk areas to senior management.
  • Oversee accounting, financial reporting, analysis and preparation of the consolidated financial statements, including schedules for tax compliance.

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National Average: $80,215

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What is it like working as a Financial Controller?

Financial Controller in Spokane:
"Excellent!"
Pros: Culture, flexibility, Managing, financial analysis, board interaction, human resources, payroll, budgeting,

Financial Controller in Anacortes:
"Challenging and changing work environment."
Pros: The position I currently serve in is very stimulating and although it can be cyclical it is also changing on a regular basis, which keeps it interesting.

Financial Controller in Schwenksville:
"Work variety and flexibility and autonomy of work."
Pros: I enjoy the confidence of management in many areas and a minimum of supervision as we work as a team on some areas and solo on others. I know what my responsibilities are and am trusted to accomplish what needs to be done and, if help is needed, the confidence to know help is available to fill the need. I enjoy being able to learn as I go as well as being encouraged to continue education with corporate reimbursements and am encouraged to grow in my field.
Cons: Low pay, not enough to live on.

Financial Controller in New York:
"Cost - Benefit Analysis."
Pros: I am able to use my skills from prior accounting positions to solve problems on the job, take on additional roles within the company, and feel confident in my ability to perform well above the company's expectations.
Cons: I have to be the bearer of bad news and give honest feedback to my bosses who sometimes aren't open to hearing it.

Financial Controller in Washington:
"Understanding The Economics Of Higher Education."
Pros: My job is very challenging in an assortment of categories, Human Resources: staffing (making sure competent personnel are hired for many different areas of our business), setting policies and procedures(writing up the company policy guide for our specific business location), ck payroll before sent up to corporate for processing, etc. Financial Controller: keeping track of inventory that is perishable(foods) vs. Inventory of Capital expenditures and small tools(10000s of pcs) how well the individual depts. Are doing actual costs vs. Budget, determining why discrepancies occur to better manage next event, flash report after each event(quick overview of how Legends performed monetarily vs budget & staffing of event. A/R, A/P, Spreadsheets for each event cost to budget, close financials each month. Assist with oversight of operations on event days to ensure quality control.
Cons: Inconsistency of management, inability of upper mgmt. To understand, what can & does go wrong at the individual accounts, especially, when the error began with upper mgmt. Not having a clear delineation of who is reporting to whom(currently, I have to explain the same problems to the Asst GM & GM at my site, the Regional Mgr, my Corp Controller who is at Corp HQ & reports to the VP of Finance, the Exec Regional Mgr and possibly to the President of the company). This is a very difficult situation for me to know where I should report certain types of problems(cost overruns in the kitchen vs non-compliance w Corp policy vs an employee screaming at me because they didn't get the raise they were promised in their pay because I was not notified by the individual granting the bump in pay. This also inhibits communication of any ideas to help resolve problems & quickly implementing them, because too many people are focusing on the problems. No standard in Corp policy for purchase orders.

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Experience Affects Financial Controller Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Financial Controller Salaries




Budgeting
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Budget Management
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$80,000

General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Cost Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1355 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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