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Senior Auditor Salary

Senior Auditors in the United States pull down an average of $64K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Senior Auditors spread between $51K and $85K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. The majority of Senior Auditors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Senior Auditors (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.
$50,815 - $81,650
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MEDIAN: $63,649
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$15.62 - $40.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,815 - $81,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,941  
Profit Sharing
$483.68 - $3,989  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,087  
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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$51,099 - $84,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,269
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $40.36  
   
Overtime
$20.77 - $49.32  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,941  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$483.68 - $3,989  
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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$51,099 - $84,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Senior Auditor

Senior auditors conduct audits for companies to ensure compliance in financial and operational areas. They ensure that businesses operate smoothly and inspect records for cases of waste or fraud. Senior auditors are typically responsible for overseeing the entire auditing process for a company. In large organizations, they may have staff auditors who report directly to them.

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Senior Auditor Tasks

  • Develop risk appraisal guidelines and audit paperwork templates.
  • Plan and conduct audits, prepare reports on a monthly or yearly basis for clients, and take point as the lead reviewer.
  • Analyze financial data to insure efficiency, accuracy, and compliance with relevant laws and standards, as well as to find instances of accounting deficiencies and/or fraud.
  • Oversee, guide, and mentor junior auditors.

Common Career Paths for Senior Auditor


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Senior Auditors may experience if they take an upper-level role like Chief Financial Officer. The position pays an average $121K annually. Career advancement for the typical Senior Auditor often leads to becoming an Auditing Manager or a Senior Manager Auditor; median salaries in these positions are $18K higher and $48K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Auditor


Senior Auditors flock to KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Grant Thornton Llp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. With a median salary of $72K, PricewaterhouseCoopers offers Senior Auditors the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $57K and are capped at $86K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider KPMG, LLP, BDO Seidman, LLP, and Grant Thornton Llp, top-paying firms where Senior Auditors rake in a respectable $68K, $67K, or $66K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, where median pay comes to just $64K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $50K and ending at $76K, range in salary is rather small. Deloitte, Mcgladrey, and Deloitte & Touche LLP are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($64K, $64K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Auditor


Survey takers working as Senior Auditors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Those educated in Auditing tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Auditor

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


For Senior Auditors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $63K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. On average, Senior Auditors make $76K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Auditors earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: Washington, New York, and Boston each offer salaries above the national average. Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Irvine (3 percent less) and Charlotte (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Auditor Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Auditor Salaries





Regulatory Compliance
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Auditing
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Data Analysis
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Financial Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 515 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%