Summaries and Salaries
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Finance/Accounting

Descriptions and median base salaries from ASAE research

Chief Financial Officer

Directs the financial affairs of the organization in conjunction with the finance committee and board of directors. Signs off on the accuracy and veracity of financial statements, records, and reports. Ensures effectiveness of organization systems and procedures. May also serve as part of the executive team or have organizational responsibilities in other areas.
Median base salary: $147,997

Controller

Manages financial operations, records, budget process, and controls. Analyzes financial systems and procedures for maximum effectiveness. May direct the finance department. May report to the Chief Financial Officer or Finance Director. May also have extensive responsibilities for the operations and upgrades of financial systems/software.
Median base salary: $102,750

Accountant

Responsible for one or more aspects of accounting or financial management for the association. Responsibilities may include preparation of financial statements and tax returns. May also coordinate and/or perform accounting functions such as cash control, credit and collection management, payroll, receivables, payables, and bank reconciliations.
Median base salary: $67,550

Bookkeeper/Accounting Clerk

Performs accounting transactions such as posting to registers and ledgers, account reconciliation, verifying accuracy of accounting documents and codes, preparing vouchers, and journal entries. May also work with volunteers and members regarding invoices and receipts.
Median base salary: $51,596

Payroll Clerk

Maintains the organization’s payroll records, collects staff timesheets, and distributes paychecks to staff. May also process payroll adjustments, such as raises and changes in tax status.
Median base salary: $61,226

Grants/Contracts Manager/Coordinator

Usually associated with the finance department. Administers contracts and grants, prepares bids, and organizes reports. May write proposals and negotiate the initial contract.
Median base salary: $69,600

Source: ASAE, Association Compensation & Benefits Study