For companies thinking of upgrading their internal financial staffs, the sluggish economy has one bright spot: the job market is flooded with financial experts, helping keep salaries relatively low. Here are some findings from a national survey conducted annually by Robert Half International, a job-placement agency in Menlo Park, Calif. (Jobs and salaries listed relate to companies with sales of up to $15 million.)

Position 1993 salary range % change since 1992
Corporate controller $44,000Ñ$56,000 +2.0%
Collection specialist 20,000Ñ23,000 +2.4
Credit manager 28,000Ñ36,750 +2.8
Full-charge bookkeeper (controller) 29,500Ñ36,000 +2.3
Full-charge bookkeeper (gen'l ledger) 24,000Ñ31,250 +1.4
Accounts receivable/payable supervisor 28,000Ñ35,000 +3.3
Payroll clerk 19,000Ñ23,500 +1.9

Source: "1993 Salary Guide," Robert Half International, December 1992.