Entry-Level Financial Controllers pull down an average of $66K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Financial Controllers approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $99K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Financial Controllers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Financial Controllers (58 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,705 - $94,498
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$66K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,556
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$14.84 - $34.85
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,705 - $94,498  
   
Bonus
$480.37 - $14,597  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,110  
Commission
$1,014 - $59,180  
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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$42,512 - $98,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,744
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $34.85  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $43.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$480.37 - $14,597  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,110  
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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$42,512 - $98,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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Pay for Entry-Level Financial Controllers is best at Deloitte Consulting LLP, which offers a median salary of $66K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $57K to $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,090

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Entry-Level Financial Controllers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Entry-Level Financial Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (8 percent less) and Miami (7 percent less).

Financial Controller Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Financial Controller in Fremont:
"Get in writing retirement plans."
Get your employment contract in writing when dealing with a small business.

Financial Controller in New York:
"Soft Skills."
We all know going into the profession that we need to have technical skills to succeed. The soft skills are the biggest area that I did not anticipate. The controller will interact with all levels of management and all departments as well as manage a team. Soft skills are absolutely critical, so hone them will working your way up.

Financial Controller in Boise:
"Accounting as a career."
If you are thinking of going into Accounting/Finance or you are a recent college grad, know that this it is a lifetime of learning & developing skills. Every single business requires some type of accounting. It is fun to learn new industries & see how the accounting/finance world changes with the needs of the business. If you are not detail-minded this is not a career for you. It can be tedious & monotonous at times, but I find the fun in just about everything, so I look for challenges. It is exciting to find something that was missing, not balanced or input incorrectly. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Financial Controller in Dallas:
"I want to skip this section."
I really don't want to fill out this section, but I have to in order to complete this questionnaire.

Financial Controller in Lyndhurst:
"Want to be a Controller."
Start your career in a public CPA firm. It's very difficult to move backwards once you are on this career path and many TOP companies are looking for that experience.

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Skills That Affect Financial Controller Salaries


Forecasting
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Budget Management
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Cost Accounting
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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