Internal Audit Director Salary

Salaries for Internal Audit Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. Total cash compensation to Internal Audit Directors bottoms out near $80K and approaches $189K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $38K from bonuses and almost $29K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men account for the majority of Internal Audit Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Internal Audit Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,752 - $157,612
MEDIAN: $119,348

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$77,752 - $157,612  
$2,941 - $38,370  
Profit Sharing
$1,961 - $29,320  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$80,287 - $188,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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Job Description for Internal Audit Director

The internal audit director works with internal company resources and employees to evaluate and optimize financial functions. This includes creating reports on risks across various departments, conducting internal audits, coordinating between departments, and establishing quality assurance standards; all of these tasks must be performed efficiently without impairing operations and documented in reports that may be used to address potential problems. They work directly with employees throughout the company and communicating findings to management, and they may coordinate with subordinates within their department. To optimally perform the duties of this position, the internal audit director must keep up with the latest trends and developments within their industry and profession. Internal audit directors typically work in an office environment during regular business hours, although overtime may be required depending on deadlines and the needs of the business.


Internal Audit Director Tasks

  • Enforce compliance with company policies for risk assessment and financial controls.
  • Conduct reviews to identify financial and business risks, and implement appropriate controls.
  • Develop strategies and procedures for carrying out internal audits.
  • Oversee external audits, organizing paperwork and making sure audits are finished on schedule.

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Internal Audit Directors often end up in upper-level roles like Internal Audit VP. Internal Audit VPs bring home $148K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for

Job skills reported by Internal Audit Directors are limited. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit, Risk Management / Risk Control, Internal Audit, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance. Most people familiar with Internal Audit also know Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $109K per year. Internal Audit Directors see a median salary of $132K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $129K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Internal Audit Directors in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Internal Audit Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Omaha is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Austin (15 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.


34 %
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 3%