The average Senior Information Technology Auditor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $85K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Information Technology Auditors — including $14K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $69K to $116K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Information Technology Auditors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Salary
$66,881 - $106,570  
   
Bonus
$1,973 - $14,289  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,416  
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$68,854 - $115,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 504
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Hourly Rate
$55.00  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,973 - $14,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,416  
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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$68,854 - $115,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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Job Description for Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor

Senior information technology (IT) auditors perform specialized auditing involving a broad range of information technology and operational functions. They also plan and manage complex audits, as well as perform project management duties such as organizing, reviewing, and reporting on the work of their team. They also provide IT and auditing support and assist the IT audit manager in the execution of the IT audit plan; this includes designing the overall IT audit plan for achieving internal audit's goals. Senior information technology auditors also perform the IT annual risk assessment, lead and perform technology-related and other operational audits. This work is generally fast-paced and occurs in an office setting.

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Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor Tasks

  • Identify key risks and necessary controls in existing systems.
  • Perform operations audits to determine compliance with policies and procedures and effectiveness of internal control systems.
  • Perform operational and compliance (SOX, PCI, others) reviews according to internal audit risk assessment plan.
  • Oversee and implement improvements and best practices for increasing efficiency and minimizing risk.

Common Career Paths for Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Senior Information Technology Auditors who move on to become Information Systems Audit Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $104K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the largest salaries in town — $99K on average.

Pay for Senior Information Technology Auditors is the lowest at KPMG, LLP, which has a median salary of $76K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $103K.

Popular Skills for Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Security Testing and Auditing, Sarbanes-Oxley, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Audit and IT Consulting. The majority of those who know IT Risk also know Internal Audit.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor

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


For Senior Information Technology Auditors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $83K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $90K on average. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $104K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,366

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

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Senior Information Technology Auditors in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Information Technology Auditors will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Cincinnati and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor Salaries




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$88,000


Skills That Affect Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor Salaries

Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Audit, Information Technology (IT)
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Internal Audit
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National Average
$88,000

Auditing
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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IT Consulting
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Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Audit
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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