What does a Controller do?

Controllers are the number translators at companies and ensure that every aspect of a company's finances are properly analyzed, documented, and interpreted. They manage the company’s accounting department and are responsible for the monitoring and upkeep of its financial health. They create reports, direct investment activities, and develop long-term financial plans and goals for the organization.

Controllers typically lead a company’s entire accounting department and supervise the accountants, payroll tax, and financial managers. They ensure the company’s books are accurate and monitor money influx and out flux through expenses and invoices, which they strive to pay and collect in a timely and efficient manner. They provide detailed financial reports and analysis to the company's chief executives and advise them on finances and potential policies or procedures that need implementation. Controllers can create budgets, manage executive payrolls, and prepare financial statements, and they usually need at least a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, accounting, or related fields.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

$108,392 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$74K
Median: $108K
$160K
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Controller Career Path

Learn how to become a Controller, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Controller
$108,392/yr
L3
L4
Lead Controller
$95,245/yr
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Controller Insights

Read what Controller professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SoleraSolera
Controller
Jan. 5, 2021

“Supervisor was very good to work with and was able to have some balance between work and life.”

Kruze ConsultingKruze Consulting
Controller
May 3, 2019

“Business benefits from clients not knowing what is good or bad work (until there’s a crisis).”

ASOSASOS
Quality Controller
Sep. 25, 2019

“Some people are given better treatment than others based on who you are friends with.”

VFM DesignVFM Design
Financial Controller
Feb. 9, 2021

“Felxibility and close to home”

SchletterSchletter
Controller
Aug. 20, 2021

“The industry is growing and career stability is solid”

Baytide Petroleum
Assistant Controller
Sep. 26, 2020

“Great hours and it was close to home.”

UPL Environmental Engineers
Finance Controller
Aug. 12, 2019

“Good Salary and perks.”

MF JebsenMF Jebsen
Financial Controller
Mar. 19, 2021

“Stable but not aggressive in salary”

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