Financial Director Salary

Just below two-thirds of Financial Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $141K per year, but median earnings come to around $65K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Financial Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Financial Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,995 - $133,945
(Median)
$36K
$65K
$130K
MEDIAN: $65,386
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$9.07 - $27.81
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$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,995 - $133,945  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $28,906  
Profit Sharing
$2,710 - $7,122  
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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$34,725 - $141,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $27.81  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.16 - $28,906  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,710 - $7,122  
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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$34,725 - $141,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Financial Reporting, and Financial Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Financial Analysis, 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.


For many Financial Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $60K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $53K. For Financial Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $89K.

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Experience Affects Financial Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Financial Director Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Budget Management
up arrow 4%


Financial Analysis
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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