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Financial Director Salary

About three in five of Financial Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $139K per year, but median earnings come to around $64K annually. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Female Financial Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Financial Directors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$35,164 - $129,558
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MEDIAN: $64,095
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$9.21 - $34.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,164 - $129,558  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $25,010  
Profit Sharing
$1,900 - $6,400  
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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$34,683 - $138,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $34.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.96 - $25,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,900 - $6,400  
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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$34,683 - $138,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Financial Director

The financial director is the executive responsible for a company's finances. They manage the people or teams who gather, analyze, and report financial data related to the company's operations. Typically, they report directly to the chief executive officer and the board of directors; depending on the company, they may be offered a seat on the board.

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Financial Director Tasks

  • Oversees the preparation of regulatory and financial reporting as required, and ensures compliance.
  • Develops policies and procedures to control and report financials.
  • Manages the preparation of budgets, forecasts and accounting activities.
  • Directs the staff operations, business planning and budget development and compliance for the department.

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Financial Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Financial Analysis, Budget Management, and Financial Reporting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Financial Reporting and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Financial Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $54K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $60K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $87K.

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Experience Affects Financial Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Financial Director Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 21%