Internal Audit Director Salary

Internal Audit Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $121K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Overall cash earnings for Internal Audit Directors stretch from $82K on the lower end to $189K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $39K from bonuses and $29K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Internal Audit Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Internal Audit Directors. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$80,355 - $158,663
MEDIAN: $120,538

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$80,355 - $158,663  
$2,976 - $38,548  
Profit Sharing
$1,983 - $29,032  
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$82,303 - $189,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 654
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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.

Common Career Paths for Internal Audit Director

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For Internal Audit Directors, advancing into an Internal Audit VP role, for which the median salary is $148K, is not common but it does happen.

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Popular Skills for Internal Audit Director

Survey takers who work as Internal Audit Directors typically report just a few professional skills. 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. Those familiar with Internal Audit also tend to know Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit.

Pay by Experience Level for Internal Audit Director

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

Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $89K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $116K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $136K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Internal Audit Directors report making only $133K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,216

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For Internal Audit Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Internal Audit Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+25 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Omaha.

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Experience Affects Internal Audit Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Internal Audit Director Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average

Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%