Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Senior Cost Accountants in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $69K annually, but may range from $52K to $89K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Cost Accountants approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $89K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Senior Cost Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Women Senior Cost Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,121 - $86,332

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$52,121 - $86,332  
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Profit Sharing
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$52,332 - $89,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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

Survey results show that Senior Cost Accountants typically report just a few professional 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. Most people experienced in 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.

For many Senior Cost Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $68K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $64K. On average, Senior Cost Accountants make $75K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $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 Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 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%