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The average salary for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is $134,232.
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What Do Chief Financial Officer (CFO)s Do?

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Tasks
  • Provide leadership and coordination in the administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts of the company.
  • Prepare or direct preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, and/or reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • Develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting.

Job Satisfaction for Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The top respondents for the job title Chief Financial Officer (CFO) are from the companies Abc Corp., YMCA and Universal Health Services, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Brooklyn Bottling where the average pay is $225,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include University of Oregon Foundation and Company Confidential, earning around $191,598 and $150,000, respectively. YMCA pays the lowest at around $89,872. Universal Health Services, Inc. and Abc Corp. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $116,267 and $144,185, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Chief Financial Officer (CFO)s?

Skills in Strategic Planning and Senior Financial Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Financial Analysis, Accounting and Financial Reporting.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chief Financial Officer (CFO)s?

An entry-level Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $90,687 based on 83 salaries. An early career Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100,277 based on 984 salaries. A mid-career Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,706 based on 1,324 salaries. An experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $139,108 based on 3,724 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $148,992.
Employees with Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 28.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (28.4% more) and Seattle, Washington (27.4% more).

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