Senior Auditors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $67K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Auditors bottoms out near $53K and approaches $90K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Senior Auditors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$53,558 - $87,124
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $66,894
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$14.20 - $44.16
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$53,558 - $87,124  
   
Bonus
$972 - $8,121  
Profit Sharing
$695 - $5,123  
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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$53,481 - $90,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $44.16  
   
Overtime
$23.10 - $54.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$972 - $8,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$695 - $5,123  
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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$53,481 - $90,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Auditors include EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP. Defense Contract Audit Agency leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K. Other big spenders include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton Llp, and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Senior Auditors see paychecks nearing $76K, $73K, or $72K.

Deloitte, Mcgladrey, and Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $60K, $63K, and $64K.

Popular Skills for Senior Auditor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 in pay of 7 percent. Most people who know Auditing also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Auditor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,377

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

With a pay rate for Senior Auditors that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Auditors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Denver (6 percent less).

Senior Auditor Reviews

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.

What is it like working as a Senior Auditor at Deloitte?

Senior Auditor in Houston:
"Lots of expectations but little reward."
Pros: The fact that I am challenged every day and am always learning something new.
Cons: I feel that there is a lot expected of me but that we aren't rewarded for that.

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Experience Affects Senior Auditor Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Senior Auditor Salaries




Data Analysis
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Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit
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Regulatory Compliance
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Accounting
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People Management
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National Average
$68,000

Auditing
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Financial Analysis
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Compliance (Financial)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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