Internal Auditor Salary

Earnings for Internal Auditors in the United States come in at around $56K annually on average. Cash earnings for Internal Auditors — including $8K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $37K to $80K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Internal Auditors. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,741 - $78,663
$41K
$56K
$79K
MEDIAN: $55,789
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$12.27 - $26.43
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,741 - $78,663  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $8,487  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,918  
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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$37,254 - $79,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,573
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $26.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.14 - $40.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$201.34 - $8,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,918  
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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$37,254 - $79,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Internal Auditors move into roles as Internal Audit Directors, where pay is an average $123K per year. Career advancement for the typical Internal Auditor often leads to becoming a Senior Internal Auditor or an Internal Auditing Manager; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $39K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Internal Auditor


Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc, Protiviti Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), KPMG, LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young) are among the top companies that take on many Internal Auditors. Although Marsh & Mclennan Companies Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $71K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $69K to $74K.

Popular Skills for Internal Auditor


Internal Auditors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Internal Audit tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Internal Auditor

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. Internal Auditors bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $61K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,747

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

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Internal Auditors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Internal Auditors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus and Cleveland (7 percent lower).

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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 217 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

▲22%

▲12%

▲11%

National Average
$55,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Internal Auditor Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 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: 10%
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