Senior Cost Accountant Salary

Senior Cost Accountants in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of Senior Cost Accountants. Salaries average out to around $72K per year and spread from $57K to $93K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Senior Cost Accountants can bottom out at $57K or peak near $93K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Cost Accountants making up 55 percent of survey respondents. A large number have medical and dental plans, and the greater part have vision insurance. Most Senior Cost Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,138 - $88,996
$57K
$72K
$89K
MEDIAN: $72,325
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$19.13 - $39.73
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$0$92K
Salary $57,138 - $88,996
Bonus $990 - $9,819
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,600
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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$57,531 - $92,468
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 209
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $19.13 - $39.73
Overtime $51.00
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $990 - $9,819
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,600
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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$57,531 - $92,468
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, Cost Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Cost Accounting are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Cost Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Senior Cost Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Cost Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Cost Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Senior Cost Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 89 salaries. A Senior Cost Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 49 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,609

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Cost Accountants, 21 percent higher than the national average. Senior Cost Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Senior Cost Accountants have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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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
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

▲9%

National Average
$75,000

▼1%

▼5%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Senior Cost Accountant Salaries

National Average
$75,000


Data Analysis
▼1%

Cost Accounting
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Financial Reporting
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 9%
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