Assistant Controller Salary

With a little more than half of Assistant Controllers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Assistant Controllers is $71K per year and can range from $47K on the lower end to $112K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Assistant Controllers can bottom out near $47K or peak near $112K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Assistant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Female Assistant Controllers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,224 - $107,512
$49K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,436
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50%
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$15.38 - $33.28
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.64
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$0$112K
Salary $49,224 - $107,512
Bonus $729 - $15,083
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,030
Commission $15,920
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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$47,258 - $112,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,590
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.38 - $33.28
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $22.54 - $45.09
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $729 - $15,083
Commission $15,920
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,030
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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$47,258 - $112,745
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 248

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Job Description for Assistant Controller

An assistant controller manages day-to-day accounts activities and often oversees any internal auditing. The assistant controller must have a good working knowledge of financial regulations to ensure that the finance department is working within those parameters. It is expected that the assistant controller is a good leader and manager, as they usually help develop their team and advise their superiors. Assistant controllers are responsible for the accuracy of data in accounts, and they must ensure that all of their counts maintain integrity. They also may be responsible for the budget and for allocating resources as necessary; this includes creating reports and overseeing the annual budget and presenting it to their superiors. The assistant controller will often report to the company’s chief executive officer or chief financial officers, in addition to other supervisors they may have.

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Assistant Controller Tasks

  • Assist in the preparation and reporting of financial statements for an organization.
  • Review and edit statements to align with business requirements and industry standards.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Controller


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Assistant Controllers who advance into the role of a Chief Financial Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Financial Officers on average earn $123K per year. Assistant Controllers typically move into roles as Financial Controllers or Corporate Controllers, and those positions pay $6K more and $23K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Survey results imply that Assistant Controllers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources, Accounts Receivable, and Quickbooks. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Month-End Close.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 825 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,043 salaries. An experienced Assistant Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 1,086 salaries. An Assistant Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 506 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,850

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

Assistant Controllers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Denver (+23 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

Assistant Controller Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Controller?

Assistant Controller in Waterloo:
"Great Experience."
Pros: Something new to learn everyday. Working for a CFO and Controller is always going to allow me to learn something new.
Cons: Very repetitive. Most duties are the same every single month.

Assistant Controller in Boston:
"Closest Match to Small Business Controller."
Pros: Independence, Work from Home, Set my own scheduled (mostly), High level of responsibility.
Cons: Tax work, after hours requests/skypes.

Assistant Controller in Pembroke Pines:
"Office."
Pros: The flexibility, family orientated.
Cons: The long hours after work finishes.

Assistant Controller in Boulder:
"Fun."
Pros: Trainer, support the entire accounting team, diverse, good cooperative team.
Cons: W2 season!

Assistant Controller in St. Charles:
Pros: Enjoy the work, the location and my co-workers.
Cons: Some weeks require 45 to 50 hours per week or longer at year end. At the current time, I also am responsible for benefit administration, including 401K and insurance.

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Key Stats for Assistant Controller

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Assistant Controller Salaries

▲8%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$72,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries

▲6%




National Average
$72,000

Month-End Close
▼1%

General Ledger Accounting
▼2%








▼14%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 13%
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