Senior Auditor Salary

Senior Auditors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $67K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Auditors stretch from $53K on the lower end to $91K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Senior Auditors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$53,777 - $87,559
$54K
$67K
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MEDIAN: $67,052
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$14.15 - $46.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$53,777 - $87,559  
   
Bonus
$976 - $8,246  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $6,071  
Total Pay (?
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$53,495 - $91,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $46.15  
   
Overtime
$23.21 - $55.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$976 - $8,246  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $6,071  
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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$53,495 - $91,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Auditor


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Senior Auditors who transition into a Chief Financial Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $123K per year. Senior Auditors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Auditing Managers or Financial Controllers. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Auditor


Many Senior Auditors can be found at EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP, firms that are at the top of the field. Defense Contract Audit Agency attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $81K. Senior Auditors will also find cushy salaries at Grant Thornton Llp (+$74K), PricewaterhouseCoopers (+$73K), and KPMG, LLP (+$71K).

Deloitte, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP and Wells Fargo & Co. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $61K, $64K, and $64K.

Popular Skills for Senior Auditor


Senior Auditors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sarbanes-Oxley, Internal Audit, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those proficient in Auditing are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Auditor

Pay by Experience for a Senior Auditor has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Auditor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 1,001 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Auditor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 483 salaries. An experienced Senior Auditor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 185 salaries. A Senior Auditor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,548

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For Senior Auditors, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Auditors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+11 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (3 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

Senior Auditor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Auditor?

Senior Auditor in Glastonbury:
"Pretty awful, depending on environment."
Pros: Flexible hours.. Can schedule doctor's appointments and such at any time, and make up the missed hours later with no problem.
Cons: Stress levels through the roof, due to poor engagement management. Too many clients, too little staff. Poor structure of audit teams (no regard to skillset of assigned team members or need based on complexity of the audits). Constantly have a backlog due to not enough time scheduled for audits.

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Key Stats for Senior Auditor

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior Auditor Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

▲9%

National Average
$69,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%