Pay for Internal Auditors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K per year. Final cash compensation to Internal Auditors varies from around $37K to approximately $80K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $9K and $6K, respectively. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Internal Auditors (54 percent) survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,590 - $78,767
$41K
$56K
$79K
MEDIAN: $55,568
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50%
90%

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$12.27 - $26.97
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,590 - $78,767  
   
Bonus
$152.60 - $8,572  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,739  
Total Pay (?
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$36,927 - $79,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,656
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $26.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.21 - $40.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$152.60 - $8,572  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,739  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$36,927 - $79,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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Job Description for Internal Auditor

Internal auditors work as an internal checkers for companies, as their findings and evaluations are primary tools for identifying strengths and weaknesses within an organization. To whom they report will vary from business to business, but it is generally an upper level of management or ownership, such as an Audit Committee of a Board of Directors. In publicly-traded companies, it is required by law that an internal auditor report to the CEO.

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Internal Auditor Tasks

  • Conduct operational, compliance, financial and SOX audits within an organization.
  • Acts as a liaison for audits with internal departments as well as outside auditors.
  • Evaluate and document existing or proposed procedures and controls.
  • Provide management with recommendations for policy, procedure and practice improvements.

Common Career Paths for Internal Auditor


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While not commonly seen, Internal Auditors who transition into an Internal Audit Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Internal Audit Directors is $123K per year. It is quite typical for Internal Auditors to transition into roles as Senior Internal Auditors or Internal Auditing Managers, where reported median earnings are $16K and $39K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Internal Auditor


Dominating the field, Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc, Protiviti Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Internal Auditors. Internal Auditors in search of the best pay head to Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $71K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $74K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $69K.

Popular Skills for Internal Auditor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit, Risk Management / Risk Control, Compliance, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Internal Audit are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Internal Auditor

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. For Internal Auditors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,578

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Internal Auditors, 32 percent above the national average. Internal Auditors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Jacksonville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Cleveland (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Internal Auditor

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Internal Auditor Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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