Senior Cost Accountant Salary

The majority of Senior Cost Accountants in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $55K to $92K per year, and the median is $72K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Cost Accountants — including $8K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $55K to $92K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Cost Accountants. Most claim medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Cost Accountants making up 54 percent of survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,795 - $88,710
$55K
$72K
$89K
MEDIAN: $71,543
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$15.21 - $39.45
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$39
MEDIAN: $30.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$54,795 - $88,710  
   
Bonus
$997 - $8,315  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,425  
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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$54,894 - $92,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$52.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $8,315  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,425  
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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$54,894 - $92,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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


Senior Cost Accountants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Cost Accounting tend to be well versed 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: $72,968

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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Cost Accountants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Cost Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Senior Cost Accountants have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$73,000

▼3%

▼3%

Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries


Data Analysis
▲1%

Cost Accounting
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Financial Reporting
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 8%