Slightly more than half of Senior Cost Accountants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $55K to $92K per year, but median earnings come to around $71K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Cost Accountants varies from around $55K to approximately $92K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $9K and $6K, respectively. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Senior Cost Accountants is high. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Cost Accountants (51 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,422 - $88,804
$54K
$71K
$89K
MEDIAN: $70,663
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$15.10 - $39.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$54,422 - $88,804  
   
Bonus
$950 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,524  
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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$54,711 - $92,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$950 - $8,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,524  
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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$54,711 - $92,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Cost Accounting are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

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


For Senior Cost Accountants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $69K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $70K. On average, Senior Cost Accountants make $73K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Cost Accountant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $78K.

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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
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 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



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries



Data Analysis
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Cost Accounting
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$72,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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