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Working As An Associate Auditor

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $62,255

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Auditor Do

An Associate Auditor assists in the review and evaluation of operational and management control systems. They also assist clients with routine accounting functions.

How To Become An Associate Auditor

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Real Associate Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Auditor Ing Financial Services LLC New York, NY Jul 11, 2016 $115,000
Senior Associate, Audit Group Annaly Management Company, LLC New York, NY May 04, 2015 $110,000
Associate Auditor Ing Financial Services LLC New York, NY Feb 02, 2015 $100,000
Associate, Operations Auditor Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $99,000
Associate, Tech Audit Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $95,000
Associate Risk Auditor Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $90,000
Senior Associate-Audit III Cohnreznick LLP Los Angeles, CA Mar 11, 2015 $87,000
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP New York, NY Nov 12, 2015 $84,800
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP New York, NY Oct 29, 2015 $81,800
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP New York, NY Mar 11, 2016 $78,800
Senior Associate Auditor CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory of San Diego, LLC Irvine, CA Aug 10, 2015 $78,500 -
$94,000
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP Charlotte, NC Jan 28, 2016 $78,000
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP Los Angeles, CA Mar 02, 2015 $75,525
Senior Associate, Audit KPMG LLP Los Angeles, CA Nov 23, 2015 $75,525
Audit Associate Louie & Wong LLP San Francisco, CA Jun 14, 2016 $65,000
Senior Associate I-Audit Department Weaver & Tidwell, L.L.P. Midland, TX Jan 08, 2015 $65,000
Associate, Auditor Credit Agricole America Services Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Senior Associate, Auditor BCA Watson Rice LLP Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $64,000
Senior Associate-Audit Cohnreznick LLP Sacramento, CA Mar 13, 2015 $63,000
Audit Associate JLK Rosenberger, LLP Irvine, CA Jan 15, 2015 $62,000
Associate Auditor Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Dec 23, 2016 $62,000
Audit Associate BRAJ Aggarwal CPA P.C. Jackson, NY Sep 11, 2015 $54,746
Audit Associate Fiondella, Milone & Lasaracina LLP Glastonbury, CT Sep 04, 2015 $54,000
Associate Auditor, Nonprofit Cliftonlarsonallen LLP Minneapolis, MN Jan 08, 2016 $53,560
Associate Controls Auditor Lurie, LLP Minneapolis, MN Aug 24, 2016 $53,000
Audit Associate GHP Horwath, P.C. Denver, CO Jan 09, 2016 $53,000
Audit Associate JLK Rosenberger, LLP Irvine, CA Jul 01, 2015 $53,000
Audit Associate GHP Horwath, P.C. Denver, CO Sep 12, 2015 $53,000
Audit Associate Tonneson & Company, P.C. Wakefield, MA Aug 16, 2016 $52,478 -
$54,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Auditor

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Top Associate Auditor Skills

  1. Audit Procedures
  2. Internal Controls
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and develop audit procedures and audit programs for focus reviews and special projects.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of internal controls and recommend actions to be taken to improve efficiency and monitor fraud risks.
  • Review client SEC filings including press releases, financial statements, footnotes and MD/A section to ensure compliance with disclosure requirements.
  • Performed assurance services: control testing, preparing lead sheets and flux analysis as per US GAAP.
  • Completed audit testing for capital assets and construction in process accounts at Oregon Department of Corrections component of annual statewide audit.

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