Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Senior Cost Accountants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than 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 $52K to $88K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Cost Accountants — including $8K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $52K to $88K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Women Senior Cost Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,272 - $85,683
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$86K
MEDIAN: $69,130
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$52,272 - $85,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,326  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,500  
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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$52,468 - $88,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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


Senior Cost Accountants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $64K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Senior Cost Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$71,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 4%
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