Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Over one-half of Senior Cost Accountants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $52K to $90K per year, but median earnings come to around $69K annually. Total cash earnings of Senior Cost Accountants range from $52K on the low end to $90K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women Senior Cost Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Senior Cost Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,249 - $87,097
MEDIAN: $69,335

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$52,249 - $87,097  
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $6,082  
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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).
$52,483 - $90,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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Job Description for Senior Cost Accountant

A senior cost accountant has many responsibilities related to financial reporting and cost analysis. Generally, the senior cost accountant is responsible for maintaining detailed costs in the company's system and providing cost analysis which supports operations and sales and contributes to the company's success.


Senior Cost Accountant Tasks

  • Review, analyze, track, inventory and reconcile stock variances; provide management with monthly inventory reports.
  • Assist in developing cost accounting procedures.
  • Oversee the preparation and analysis of cost reports and monthly closing documents.

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Popular Skills for

Senior Cost Accountants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Financial Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Microsoft Excel can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Cost Accounting tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Senior Cost Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $65K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Senior Cost Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $76K on average.

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What is it like working as a Senior Cost Accountant?

Senior Cost Accountant in Canton:
Pros: I love being a cost accountant. Where else do you get paid to find everyone's mistakes.
Cons: Pay structure, communication, no room to advance.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

National Average

Financial Analysis
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Cost Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%