Median pay for Entry-Level Financial Controllers lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Financial Controllers — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $98K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Women Entry-Level Financial Controllers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,475 - $93,042
$44K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,158
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90%

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$14.71 - $34.53
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$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,475 - $93,042  
   
Bonus
$485.15 - $14,752  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,323  
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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$42,163 - $97,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $34.53  
   
Overtime
$20.22 - $44.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$485.15 - $14,752  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,323  
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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$42,163 - $97,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 194

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Entry-Level Financial Controllers flock to Morgan Stanley for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $69K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,620

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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Entry-Level Financial Controllers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Financial Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Financial Controller's salary, with San Antonio Entry-Level Financial Controllers earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average.

Financial Controller Advice

Q: 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.

Financial Controller in Williamsport:
"Reality."
The reality of the job is that you need to be willing to work hard and keep persistent until you find the correct answers. Do not let anyone tell you that it is close enough or looks right until you are completely satisfied with the results.

Financial Controller in Santa Cruz:
"The devil is in the details!"
Get to know excel, it will become your best friend. I could not do my job without my extensive knowledge of excel and the various applications. Also, listen to what people need from you...particularly the details. Also communicate and be quick to follow up. Be clear about your expectations and when you go above and beyond, make sure the upper management makes a note of it.

Key Stats for Financial Controller

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.
065
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
31%
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Skills That Affect Financial Controller Salaries





Cost Accounting
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National Average
$66,000



Microsoft Office
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Human Resources
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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