Bank Examiner Salary (United States)

Bank Examiners in the United States usually make around $74,454 per year. The top of the range reaches $133,302 per year, and the bottom approaches $45,406. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group—years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. Most Bank Examiners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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

The biggest paychecks can be found at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation—the median salary there is $74,379; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $56K and climbing to $118K.
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $67,901. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $70,000 and $74,379.

Popular Skills for Bank Examiner

Professional skills reported by Bank Examiners are few in number. Risk Management / Risk Control and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 6 percent respectively. The majority of those who know Risk Management / Risk Control also know Financial Analysis and Banking. Most people skilled in Regulatory Compliance are similarly competent in Banking.

Pay by Experience Level for Bank Examiner

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Experience is important when determining pay for Bank Examiners. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $59K can reach $85K. Pay amounts to $100K after 10 to 20 years. Six-figure salaries surface only after two decades on the job—these experienced workers bring in an estimated $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Bank Examiners will find that Charlotte offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 97 percent. New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Chicago also offer top salaries for Bank Examiners. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 38 percent, 16 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent more, respectively. Bank Examiners in Kansas City make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (-9 percent) and Seattle (-3 percent).

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Common Health Benefits

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