What Does A Controller/Comptroller Do?

A controller (or comptroller) oversees all financial aspects of an organization.

How Do I Become A Controller/Comptroller?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s degree) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A Controller/Comptroller?

High – 120,000
Median – 65,000
Low – 36,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Controller/Comptroller?

  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Controller/Comptroller?

A controller can oversee the finances of any type of organization. Michelle, the controller featured in the video, works for a large resort condominium.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Controller/Comptroller?

The job outlook for accountants (in general) looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Controller/Comptroller?