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Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Senior Cost Accountants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $69K per year on average but can range from $51K to $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Cost Accountants approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $90K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Cost Accountants (53 percent) survey respondents. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$51,529 - $86,780
MEDIAN: $69,105

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$51,529 - $86,780  
$0.00 - $9,060  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $9,696  
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).
$51,409 - $89,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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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Senior Cost Accountants report a focused set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Cost Accounting. It is not unusual for someone who knows Cost Accounting to be familiar with Financial Analysis as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

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

Senior Cost Accountants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. Senior Cost Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Senior Cost Accountant Reviews

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

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 35 votes.


53 %
47 %

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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 4%