Senior Cost Accountant Salary

The majority of Senior Cost Accountants in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $52K to $89K per year, and the median is $69K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Cost Accountants vary widely between $52K and $89K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $9K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence and experience level 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 (52 percent) survey respondents. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,049 - $86,505
MEDIAN: $69,262

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$52,049 - $86,505  
$0.00 - $8,877  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $9,060  
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).
$52,044 - $88,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228

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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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Senior Cost Accountants who took the survey. 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. For most people, competency in Cost Accounting indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $63K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Senior Cost Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 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

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Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%