Senior Auditor Salary

The average Senior Auditor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $68K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Auditors — including $8K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $54K to $92K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Men account for the majority of Senior Auditors who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. For the most part, Senior Auditors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$54,056 - $88,857
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MEDIAN: $67,988
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$14.96 - $45.46
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$0$91K
Salary $54,056 - $88,857
Bonus $968 - $8,092
Profit Sharing $610 - $6,000
Total Pay (?
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$53,909 - $91,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,373
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $14.96 - $45.46
Overtime $24.04 - $56.28
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $968 - $8,092
Profit Sharing $610 - $6,000
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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$53,909 - $91,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 61

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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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For Senior Auditors, progressing to a Chief Financial Officer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Chief Financial Officer can earn $123K annually. Senior Auditors most often move into positions as Auditing Managers or Financial Controllers; those groups report median salaries that are $15K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

Senior Auditor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Auditor


Senior Auditors fill the offices of leading firms EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP. Defense Contract Audit Agency attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $81K. Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, LLP also offer top salaries for Senior Auditors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $74K, $73K, and $71K, respectively.

Deloitte, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, and Wells Fargo & Co. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($61K, $64K, and $64K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Auditor


Senior Auditors report using a large range of 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 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Financial Reporting, Compliance, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Auditing are 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: $69,470

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Auditors, 20 percent above the national average. Senior Auditors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Minneapolis and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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.

Senior Auditor in Portersville:
"Constant Learning."
Pros: Daily learning of all aspects of accounting.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Senior Auditor

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 217 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior Auditor Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$69,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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