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Bank Examiner Salary (United States)

Pay for Bank Examiners in the United States is typically around $73K annually. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The vast majority get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The majority of Bank Examiners (67 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,844 - $130,597
MEDIAN: $72,746
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National Salary Data

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$45,844 - $130,597  
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$45,406 - $133,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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Job Description for Bank Examiner

Bank examiners are a type of financial auditor that functions as part of a control system in the financial market. Their main responsibility is to ensure that banks and similar financial institutions are operating in a way that is appropriately ethical and legal at all times. They do this using a set of standards and rules set by the government and by their company. Daily duties and responsibilities include various forms of monitoring and assessing bank performance, which often includes going through records to ensure compliance, communicating with employees of all ranks about various protocol and procedural questions, and conducting physical inspections. Records may come either in physical form or electronic form, so basic computer skills are often required.
Bank Examiner Tasks
  • Offer improvements and recommendations to the bank.
  • Inspect and evaluate records and reports to ensure compliance with regulations and laws and to determine the financial health and status of the bank.
  • Audit financial institutions including payroll records, hiring practices, handling of client requests, and the amount of cash in facility.
  • Prepare finding reports for managers, directors or board members.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bank Examiner

Although Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $74K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $56K to $118K.
Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Popular Skills for Bank Examiner

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Bank Examiners who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Financial Analysis, Regulatory Compliance, and Banking are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Regulatory Compliance also know Banking. A tool kit that includes Risk Management / Risk Control also typically contains Financial Analysis and Banking.

Pay by Experience Level for Bank Examiner

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Bank Examiners with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $59K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $85K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $144K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-eighth.

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Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Bank Examiners, 97 percent above the national average. Bank Examiners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Bank Examiner's salary, with Kansas City Bank Examiners earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (9 percent lower) and Seattle (3 percent lower).

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%