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Accounting Personnel

  • 1.  Accounting Personnel

    Posted 10-29-2014 13:30
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: General Inquiries and San Diego, CA .
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    I'd like to find out the average number of accounting personnel per revenue earned for the construction industry in general.  We are a General Contractor in San Diego with jobs on the East and West Coasts.  Our Revenue is approximately $177m per year.  Our revenue per accounting employee is $44,250,000.  I'm interested to know how that compares to other companies.

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    DeAnn Hollingsworth
    Corporate Controller
    RQ Construction, LLC
    Carlsbad CA
    (760) 631-7707
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  • 2.  RE: Accounting Personnel

    Posted 10-30-2014 13:09
    Edited by Lisa Hitt 07-27-2016 17:57

    Hello DeAnn,

    I think that is a tough question to answer. In my opinion, it would depend on if you were a paper GC versus one that self-performed work. Also, I think it would depend on how many jobs you perform in a year and the type of jobs they are. In addition, I think you would have to define how the company is structured accounting wise and if the Project Coordinators/Engineers process and enter all the sub billings and project billings versus the accounting department.

    That being said, our Revenue runs on average $75MM, we have two accounting employees (payroll and accounts payable). The same staff size has handled revenues up to 85MM. We have five project coordinators who besides other duties,  also create and process the monthly project billings. Sub billings are all entered by accounts payable after PM approval.

    However, we self-perform drywall and have a crew and staff to handle that division of approximately 70 employees. We complete per year on average over 300 jobs across all of our divisions. However, one of our divisions operates as a small projects division and can handle individual jobs from $300 to $200,000. Still, a lot of paperwork and processing. So in our case $37.5MM per accounting employee, not too far off from what you computed. Note though,  that I did not include myself.

    Hope this helps.

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    Lisa Hitt CCIFP, CRIS
    Chief Financial Officer
    Pacific Building Group
    San Diego CA
    (858) 552-0600
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  • 3.  RE: Accounting Personnel

    Posted 11-04-2014 11:37
    Thank you, Lisa, that was very helpful.  We do have other benchmarks that we follow, such as number of AP transactions, number of payroll transactions, etc. each year.  I was just curious if revenue per accounting personnel would be another good benchmark.  All of the responses I received were very informative and helpful because they included more information about company operations, like your response.  Thank you!

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    DeAnn Hollingsworth
    Corporate Controller
    RQ Construction, LLC
    Carlsbad CA
    (760) 631-7707
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