Entry-Level Financial Controller Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, approximately two-thirds of Entry-Level Financial Controllers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $62,904 annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $11,938 and $9,899, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $41,531 or peak near $88,754. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and 42 percent get vision plans. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The majority of Entry-Level Financial Controllers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Financial Controller Salary (?
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$41,531 - $88,754
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MEDIAN: $61,706
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Entry-Level Financial Controller Salary (?
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$13.43 - $30.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$41,531 - $88,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,938  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $9,899  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$40,543 - $93,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $30.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,938  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$789 - $9,899  
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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$40,543 - $93,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Miami
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San Francisco
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Denver
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National Average
$63,000
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For Entry-Level Financial Controllers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Financial Controllers earning around 27 percent, 23 percent, 19 percent, and 13 percent more than average.

Financial Controller Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Financial Controller in Tulsa:
"How Much Overtime And Lack Of Ability To Take Time Off."
Have someone that has at least some cross-training so you can take a decent vacation.
Financial Controller in Bakersfield:
"Questions To Ask Regarding Fringe Compensation."
Ask about fringe compensation and the different types available.
Financial Controller in Green Bay:
"Learning Never Ends."
College proves to the employer that you can learn. It won't teach you everything you need on the job. Be prepared to keep learning. Learn about the industry you're going into, it might be different than what you learned in school. Learn about the company, it's competition, the region, the culture. Many people say 'always be yourself', but remember, that everyone is different and you have to be aware of how others react, so being yourself in every situation may not be the best. Oh, and don't forget to keep learning.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Financial Controller Salaries

Senior Financial Management
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Financial Reporting
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Budgeting
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Budget Management
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National Average
$63,000
Microsoft Excel
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Financial Applications
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Microsoft Office
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General Ledger Accounting
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Word
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Accounts Receivable
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Quickbooks
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Payroll Administration
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Gender

Female
53%
female alumni
 
Male
47%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 16%
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