Entry-Level Financial Controller Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Financial Controllers lies in the neighborhood of $63K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Financial Controllers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $96K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. 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 (56 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,557 - $90,972
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$44K
$63K
$91K
MEDIAN: $63,423
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$14.44 - $35.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$43,557 - $90,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,406  
Profit Sharing
$112.52 - $9,806  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$41,938 - $96,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $35.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.32  
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
$0.00 - $13,406  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$112.52 - $9,806  
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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$41,938 - $96,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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Popular Employer Salaries for Financial Controller


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the most with a median salary of $77K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $53K to a high of $104K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Deloitte Consulting LLP — median pay is $66K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $57K and only reaching $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,468

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Entry-Level Financial Controllers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Financial Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent).

Financial Controller Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Financial Controller Salaries

Forecasting
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Financial Analysis
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Financial Reporting
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Budgeting
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General Ledger Accounting
0%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$64,000

Financial Applications
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Human Resources
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Microsoft Word
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Quickbooks
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 513 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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