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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Controller Salary

$101,022 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$48.57 hourly

Entry level Salary
$73,000 yearly
$73,000
10 %
$101,022
Median
$138,000
90 %

How much does a Controller make?

Controllers make $101,022 per year on average, or $48.57 per hour, in the United States. Controllers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $73,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $138,000.

Location impacts how much a controller can expect to make. Controllers make the most in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California.

Highest Paying States For Controllers

The darker areas on the map show where controllers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Controller average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$125,164$60.171,590
2Connecticut$113,719$54.67405
3Massachusetts$113,453$54.541,156
4New Jersey$118,469$56.96743
5Washington$111,270$53.50786
6California$111,623$53.664,021
7Nevada$101,961$49.02225
8Pennsylvania$107,262$51.57960
9Delaware$104,644$50.31143
10New Hampshire$106,346$51.13149
11Rhode Island$107,199$51.5495
12Virginia$104,986$50.47958
13Maryland$107,883$51.87691
14Arizona$100,848$48.48587
15Oregon$103,102$49.57417
16Texas$95,555$45.942,001
17District of Columbia$102,615$49.33347
18Utah$92,842$44.64332
19Maine$97,814$47.0392
20Michigan$91,855$44.16651
21North Carolina$91,847$44.16784
22Idaho$96,125$46.21102
23Montana$90,033$43.29106
24Vermont$96,546$46.4249
25Colorado$88,437$42.52768
26North Dakota$91,819$44.1455
27Minnesota$87,915$42.27751
28Wisconsin$88,289$42.45440
29Illinois$85,945$41.321,546
30Ohio$86,577$41.62750
31South Carolina$87,913$42.27305
32Tennessee$84,118$40.44401
33Georgia$84,325$40.54928
34Hawaii$80,555$38.7397
35Kentucky$84,846$40.79219
36Louisiana$87,305$41.97171
37Florida$83,368$40.081,407
38Wyoming$80,923$38.9149
39Indiana$81,974$39.41468
40West Virginia$83,314$40.0554
41Alabama$83,005$39.91258
42New Mexico$83,255$40.03120
43Missouri$81,987$39.42478
44Alaska$78,454$37.7260
45Arkansas$79,705$38.32168
46Kansas$80,030$38.48203
47Oklahoma$81,391$39.13155
48Iowa$74,507$35.82279
49Mississippi$79,858$38.39102
50Nebraska$73,013$35.10155
51South Dakota$72,815$35.0158

Highest Paying Cities For Controllers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1New York, NY$125,727$60.45
2San Francisco, CA$116,329$55.93
3Stamford, CT$113,873$54.75
4Boston, MA$113,495$54.56
5Seattle, WA$111,715$53.71
6Philadelphia, PA$108,642$52.23
7Baltimore, MD$108,466$52.15
8Richmond, VA$104,273$50.13
9Portland, OR$102,633$49.34
10Washington, DC$102,581$49.32
11Las Vegas, NV$101,268$48.69
12Phoenix, AZ$100,990$48.55
13Portland, ME$98,989$47.59
14San Antonio, TX$96,785$46.53
15Raleigh, NC$93,510$44.96

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Stamford, CT
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Seattle, WA

Controller Salary Details

Controller Salary

What is a Controller's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$138,000$11,500$66
75th Percentile$119,000$9,917$57
Average$101,022$8,419$49
25th Percentile$85,000$7,083$41
10th Percentile$73,000$6,083$35

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Business Manager-Finance Manager$125,691$10,474$60.43180,161
Manager/Finance Accounting$105,105$8,759$50.53132,824
Finance Manager$118,129$9,844$56.79125,345
Finance Leader$123,522$10,293$59.3993,582
Accounting Manager$82,611$6,884$39.7292,089
Cost Accounting Manager$87,762$7,313$42.1961,135

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Cisco Jobs (35)
  2. Honeywell Jobs (24)
  3. Siemens Jobs (21)
  4. Eaton Jobs (27)
  5. Emerson Jobs (19)

Which Companies Pay Controllers The Most?

The highest paying companies for controllers are Perkins Coie and Meta according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Collabera and Alvarez & Marsal report highly competitive wages for controllers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Perkins Coie$159,060$76.47
2Meta$147,852$71.08309
3Collabera$141,466$68.011
4Alvarez & Marsal$140,070$67.3422
5Microsoft$136,491$65.62229
6Philips$130,535$62.7613
7Corning Incorporated$129,630$62.3234
8RXR Realty$129,397$62.211
9Cisco$127,306$61.2025
10Namely$127,174$61.141
11Liberty Mutual Insurance$126,861$60.9943
12Amd$126,078$60.615
13Intel$124,863$60.0326
14Broadcom$124,758$59.98
15White & Case$124,486$59.85
16Gyrodata$124,019$59.621
17ManpowerGroup$123,759$59.5013
18DCP Midstream$123,001$59.145
19General Electric$122,989$59.1372
20VSE$122,888$59.086

How Much Do Controllers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a controller salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The finance industry pays controllers an average salary of $108,511

  2. The technology industry pay $107,645

  3. The lowest paying industry for controllers is the construction industry. Controllers in this industry earn an average salary of $104,337

Highest Paying Industries For Controllers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Finance$108,511$52.17
2Technology$107,645$51.75
3Manufacturing$105,501$50.72
4Professional$105,022$50.49
5Health Care$104,920$50.44
6Hospitality$104,776$50.37
7Construction$104,337$50.16

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Controller Salary Trends

The salary for a controller can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Controller Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$69,500$33.39
Mid Level$108,000$51.68
Senior Level$165,000$79.44

Average Controller Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Controller Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$101,000$48.57+3.2%
    2021$97,800$47.02+1.5%
    2020$96,400$46.33+2.3%
    2019$94,200$45.27+2.7%
    2018$91,700$44.07+3.1%

    Recently Added Controller Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Vesta HealthcareHealthcare ControllerNew York, NY06/01/2022$165,000
    AMS Staffing, Inc.Departmental ControllerBoston, MA06/01/2022$160,000
    AMS Staffing, Inc.Departmental ControllerHouston, TX06/01/2022$160,000
    Westfall TechnikControllerMocksville, NC06/01/2022$105,000
    Beacon Hill Staffing Group, LLCControllerGallatin, TN06/01/2022$110,000
    AMS Staffing, Inc.Departmental ControllerChicago, IL06/01/2022$160,000
    A Plus PersonnelControllerRutherford, NJ06/01/2022$150,000
    Miller Brothers Staffing SolutionsControllerYoungwood, PA06/01/2022$95,000
    Sierra Vista Unified School DistrictFiscal Control OffierSierra Vista, AZ05/31/2022$28,801
    Sounds TrueControllerLouisville, CO05/31/2022$90,000

    Controller Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Controllers the most?

    New York pays Controllers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $125,164 per year, or $60.17 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Controller?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Controller if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $118,469 per year.

    What type of Controller gets paid the most?

    Controller, Vice President gets paid the most. Controller, Vice President made a median salary of $145,757. The best-paid 10 percent make $171,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $123,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Controller?

    A good starting salary for a controller is $73,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a controller in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for controllers is $101,022, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a controller can vary by state.

    Do controllers make a lot of money?

    Yes, controllers make a lot of money. On average, they can make around $96,000 yearly or $46.26 hourly.

    As most jobs go, factors like location, industry, and experience can determine your exact salary as the typical controller. On the lower end of the salary range, they can make around $67,000 or less, usually for entry-level positions or low-paying states like New Mexico and Arkansas. On the higher end, they can earn six-figure salaries like $137,000, typically for senior-level jobs. For corporate controllers, they can earn around $184,000 and more.

    What is the difference between a controller and a CFO?

    The difference between a controller and a CFO is that a controller is a senior-level executive position with similar duties and responsibilities as the top-level executive CFO (chief financial officer).

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