Internal Auditor Salary

Internal Auditors in the United States take home approximately $52K annually on average. Overall incomes of Internal Auditors generally bottom out at around $34K and peak near $74K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $6K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Internal Auditors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Internal Auditors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$38,135 - $72,733
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $52,220
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$12.09 - $26.18
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,135 - $72,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,168  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $6,100  
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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$34,245 - $74,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $36.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$512 - $6,100  
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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$34,245 - $74,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404

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Job Description for Internal Auditor

An internal auditor's primarily responsibility is to protect a company from incurring any penalties enforced by the IRS. Companies often have so much money coming from so many places that it is easy to miss something in their paperwork and the proper taxes might not be paid. Internal auditors review all of this information before taxes are actually taken care of.

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Internal Auditor Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Internal Auditor


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Internal Auditors who transition into an Internal Audit Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $120K per year. A common career progression for an Internal Auditor is to become a Senior Internal Auditor or an Internal Auditing Manager. Compared to Internal Auditors, the first group earns $18K more on average, and the second group earns $40K more.

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Popular Skills for Internal Auditor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Audit, Information Technology (IT) and Accounting are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 18 percent and 22 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Internal Audit.

Pay by Experience Level for Internal Auditor

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Internal Auditors that is 36 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Internal Auditors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+27 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City and Jacksonville (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Internal Auditor Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Internal Auditor Salaries


Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Audit, Information Technology (IT)
up arrow 22%

Accounting
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National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 538 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%