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How much does a Controller make in the United States?

Average base salary
6.2k salaries reported, updated at Aug 10, 2020
per year
The average salary for a controller is $95,833 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k) matching
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What does a Controller do?

A controller is a financial professional who is primarily responsible for the accounting operations of a particular firm. Also known as financial controllers, they typically work under the supervision of the finance director, preparing reports and documenting financial accounts. Most work in business offices or financial corporations, although they may work for chain hotels, sports clubs, or even leisure and entertainment centers.

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Working as a Controller

  • Taking charge of corporate accounting functions
  • Making financial reports
  • Preparing budgets and financial forecasts
  • Managing transactions such as accounts payables and receivable payrolls
  • Managing tax and compliance requirements
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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Controller

What is the difference between a controller and a comptroller?

Controllers and comptrollers perform similar functions, but the main difference is that controllers work for private or nonprofit organizations while comptrollers work for government organizations. Controllers are also more focused on the facts and figures related to the financial aspects of production or services provision, typically after the completion of the project. Comptrollers, on the other hand, focus on the budget and keeping within its limits throughout the project duration.

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What are the qualifications for controller?

Most controller positions require candidates to have a finance or an accounting degree such as a bachelor's degree in business and finance or applied accounting. Math courses may also be required depending on the educational institution where you enroll.

Some controllers work their way up from an account position, learning the necessary skills to become a controller while working. Some employers even accept students who are currently enrolled in an accounting course and allow them to work toward becoming a controller.

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