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Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Senior Cost Accountants in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Cost Accountants. Salaries average out to around $70K per year and spread from $52K to $89K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $9K, total cash payment to Senior Cost Accountants can bottom out at $52K or peak near $89K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Cost Accountants (52 percent) survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,186 - $86,611
MEDIAN: $69,625

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$52,186 - $86,611  
$0.00 - $8,576  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $8,877  
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).
$52,175 - $89,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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 Accountant

Senior Cost Accountants note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Financial Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Microsoft Excel can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Cost Accounting also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $69K. Senior Cost Accountants see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Cost Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

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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

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
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National Average

Cost Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 4%