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Director, Finance/Controller Salaries 2023

Explore the average range of a Director, Finance/Controller salary

Developed in partnership with a market leading data provider, we assessed over 100,000 jobs posted over the last 12 months, to provide you with accurate data points on Canadian salary ranges, averages and expectations for permanent, contract and interim positions across Canada. The 2023 salary survey discovered that salary averages for finance directors and controllers had increased by approximately $10k year-on-year.

  • 2022 salary range: $140k - 185k
  • 2023 salary range: $145k - 195k


Director, Finance/Controller salary trends and outlook

Director, Finance/Controller roles continue to be sought-after in Canada. It is important to note that while these roles are usually in demand, the level of demand can change depending on industry trends and market conditions. To stay ahead of the ever-changing market and competition, it is vital to keep your skills up to date and gain knowledge in areas such as technology, data analysis, and strategic thinking, as this is where you will find greater opportunities and the most finance director and controller jobs.

The average director, finance/controller salaries in Canada vary in each location, but you can expect salary ranges between $140k-185k depending on the below factors. 

What factors influence the salary of a management accountant?


Finance Directors and Controllers who have several years post-qualification experience (PQE) often command higher salaries due to their increased expertise and the knowledge they can bring to an organisation. You also need to have strong experience in leading teams, overseeing accounting operations, preparing financial statements, conducting audits, developing budgets and forecasts, implementing internal controls and policies, and providing strategic financial advice.


If a director, finance/controller wants to further enhance earning potential, it is highly recommended to pursue advanced qualifications, such as becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - which is often a requirement for many employers. Additionally, learning through workshops, seminars, and staying up-to-date with industry trends can also contribute to a higher salary.


Certain industries, such as Banking & Financial Services, are likely to have higher revenue streams, so they can offer competitive compensation packages to those with specialised skills. Commerce & Industry have broader salary ranges as it is more general and covers a wide range of businesses outside the financial sector, but industries such as mining and pharma often offer more competitive salaries.

Company size

Larger businesses tend to have more complex financial operations and higher budgets, which in turn can provide competitive salaries for their employees. There are also more responsibilities and risks for the finance directors and controllers, so they require more skills, experience and qualifications from these roles and offer the higher salary to match. On the other hand, whilst salaries and benefits can often be less competitive than larger organizations, rewards that come with workng for a start-up salaries (e.g. equity) can prove to be valuable in the long term if the company succeeds. 


Salaries are higher in major Canadian cities where the cost of living is higher, and the demand is greater. Toronto tends to have higher salaries, where the average salary for a finance director is $155k per year.

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FAQs: Director, Finance/Controller

Professionals usually receive a range of benefits in addition to their base salary. This varies depending on the company, industry and role, but we have listed some of the common perks:

  • Bonuses and Incentives
  • Healthcare and Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Professional Development
  • Qualification Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Travel Benefits
  • Company Discounts
  • Childcare and Family Support
  • Relocation Assistance

The yearly bonuses for finance directors and controllers in Canada vary depending on the employer, industry, performance and other factors such as location. Employees in these roles can expect to receive bonuses ranging from 15% to 30% of their annual salary.

The Robert Walters Salary Survey 2023 is a great tool to research management accountant salaries in Canada and includes:

Enhanced data - salary ranges and averages across large, medium and small enterprises

Hiring Trends - See what hiring trends look like for your industry in 2023

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