Corporate Controller Salary

Corporate Controllers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than three-quarters of Corporate Controllers. Salaries average out to around $93K annually and spread from $62K to $151K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $17K, respectively — total cash payment to Corporate Controllers can bottom out near $62K or peak near $151K depending on individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Corporate Controllers (57 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,361 - $140,138
$62K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $93,224
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50%
90%

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$19.07 - $51.61
$19
$30
$52
MEDIAN: $29.87
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$0$152K
Salary $62,361 - $140,138
Bonus $1,035 - $25,804
Profit Sharing $675 - $15,166
Commission $11,575
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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$62,612 - $152,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,160
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $19.07 - $51.61
Overtime $22.35 - $75.50
Annual Data $0$152K
Bonus $1,035 - $25,804
Commission $11,575
Profit Sharing $675 - $15,166
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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$62,612 - $152,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 125

Job Description for Corporate Controller

A corporate controller oversees all the financial and accounting functions of a given organization, including billing, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, and other functions. Corporate controllers also perform management duties, as many different departments related to financial and accounting practices report to them. They are also responsible for overseeing the company's systems for financial and accounting procedures, collecting on accounts payable, payroll processing, financial reports, statements, budgets, and forecasts. Some controllers are also responsible for filing annual and quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a smaller company, they might assume the role of CFO, or chief financial officer. Often, with smaller companies, they will report directly to the chief executive officer or president of the company.

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Corporate Controller Tasks

  • Develop and coordinate the operational functions of the accounting department.
  • Ensure accurate reporting and conformance to financial policies.
  • Supervise budget preparation and billings.
  • Oversee accounting activities and cash, investment, and asset management.

Common Career Paths for Corporate Controller


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Though not the most common occurrence, Corporate Controllers sometimes become VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers, where the average income is $145K per year. The most common next step for a Corporate Controller is to become a Chief Financial Officer or a VP of Finance. The former position pays an additional $26K per year on average, and the latter position pays $42K more per year.

Corporate Controller Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Corporate Controller


XYZ Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $116K.

Popular Skills for Corporate Controller


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Senior Financial Management, Forecasting, Budgeting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks, Accounts Payable, and Payroll Administration. Most people skilled in Financial Analysis are similarly competent in Budgeting and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Corporate Controller

Pay by Experience for a Corporate Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Corporate Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 473 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corporate Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 980 salaries. An experienced Corporate Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 2,012 salaries. A Corporate Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 1,606 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,609

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

With a pay rate for Corporate Controllers that is 42 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Corporate Controllers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Corporate Controller Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Corporate Controller?

Corporate Controller in Bakersfield:
"Corporate Organizational Structure Specialist."
Pros: Directly working with all level employees.
Cons: Pay Ceiling.

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Key Stats for Corporate Controller

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 849 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
40%

Experience Affects Corporate Controller Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$98,000

▼9%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Corporate Controller Salaries


▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$98,000

Financial Reporting
▼1%

Financial Analysis
▼1%

Budget Management
▼1%









▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 849 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 13%