Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Just over a half of Senior Cost Accountants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $93K per year, but median earnings come to around $72K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Cost Accountants range from $56K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $10K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Cost Accountants (54 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,357 - $89,159
$56K
$72K
$89K
MEDIAN: $72,107
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$15.21 - $39.45
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$0$92K
Salary $56,357 - $89,159
Bonus $978 - $8,414
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,600
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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$56,433 - $92,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 204
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $15.21 - $39.45
Overtime $51.83
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $978 - $8,414
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,600
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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$56,433 - $92,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Senior Cost Accountant


Typical Senior Cost Accountants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Cost Accounting are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Senior Cost Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Cost Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Cost Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Senior Cost Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 89 salaries. A Senior Cost Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,975

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Cost Accountants, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Cost Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Senior Cost Accountants in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Senior Cost Accountant

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$74,000

▼4%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries


Data Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$74,000

Cost Accounting
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Financial Reporting
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 9%
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