Senior Cost Accountants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $71K annually, but may range from $54K to $91K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Cost Accountants runs from $54K to $91K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Male Senior Cost Accountants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,979 - $87,841
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$54K
$71K
$88K
MEDIAN: $70,559
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$15.10 - $36.03
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$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$53,979 - $87,841  
   
Bonus
$897 - $8,328  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,566  
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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$53,932 - $91,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $36.03  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$897 - $8,328  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,566  
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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$53,932 - $91,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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.

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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 Accountant


Survey results show that Senior Cost Accountants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Cost Accounting, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Cost Accounting are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Cost Accountants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Senior Cost Accountants in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $67K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $69K. On average, Senior Cost Accountants make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Senior Cost Accountants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $78K.

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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 Senior Cost Accountant Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Cost Accounting
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Financial Reporting
0%

National Average
$72,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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