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Become A Credit Union Examiner

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Working As A Credit Union Examiner

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Credit Union Examiner Do

Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management.

Duties

Financial examiners typically do the following:

  • Monitor the financial condition of banks and other financial institutions
  • Review balance sheets, operating income and expense accounts, and loan documentation to confirm institution assets and liabilities
  • Prepare reports that detail an institution’s safety and soundness
  • Examine the minutes of meetings of managers and directors
  • Train other examiners in the financial examination process
  • Review and analyze new regulations and policies to determine their impact on the organization
  • Establish guidelines for procedures and policies that comply with new and revised regulations

Financial examiners typically work in one of two main areas: risk scoping or consumer compliance.

Those working in risk scoping evaluate the health of financial institutions. Their role is to ensure that banks and other financial institutions offer safe loans and that they have enough cash on hand to handle unexpected losses. These procedures help ensure that the financial system as a whole remains stable. These examiners also evaluate the performance of bank managers.

Financial examiners working in consumer compliance monitor lending activity to ensure that borrowers are treated fairly. They ensure that banks extend loans that borrowers are likely to be able to pay back. They help borrowers avoid “predatory loans”—loans that may generate profit for banks through high interest payments but may be costly to borrowers and damage their credit scores. Examiners also ensure that banks do not discriminate against borrowers based on ethnicity or other characteristics.

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How To Become A Credit Union Examiner

Financial examiners typically need a bachelor’s degree that includes some coursework in accounting. Entry-level examiners are trained on the job by senior examiners.

Education

Specific requirements for financial examiners vary between federal and state governments. However, all financial examiners typically need a bachelor’s degree that includes some coursework in accounting, finance, economics, or a related field. Examiners working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) must have at least 6 semester hours in accounting.

Training

Once hired, financial examiners receive on-the-job training. Entry-level workers begin under the supervision of senior examiners, as they learn their job duties.

Advancement

After a few years of experience, financial examiners can advance to a senior examiner position. Requirements for these positions vary by employer but often require a master’s degree in either accounting or business or becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial examiners need strong analytical skills to evaluate how well the managers of financial institutions are handling risk and whether the individual loans the institution makes are safe.

Detail oriented. Financial examiners must pay close attention to details when reviewing balance sheets to identify risky assets.

Math skills. Financial examiners need good math skills to monitor balance sheets and see if the bank’s or other financial institution’s available cash is dangerously low.

Writing skills. Financial examiners regularly write reports on the safety and soundness of financial institutions. They must be able to explain technical information clearly.

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Credit Union Examiner Demographics

Gender

Female

46.7%

Male

35.6%

Unknown

17.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

French

22.2%

Czech

11.1%

Norwegian

11.1%

Italian

11.1%
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Credit Union Examiner Education

Schools

Liberty University

7.7%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

5.1%

Texas State University

5.1%

Robert Morris University

5.1%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.1%

Pittsburg State University

5.1%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Georgia State University

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

University of Iowa

5.1%

San Diego State University

5.1%

University of Oklahoma

5.1%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

5.1%

Weber State University

5.1%

Hampden-Sydney College

5.1%

University of the Incarnate Word

5.1%

Herzing University

5.1%

Central Washington University

2.6%

Los Medanos College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

30.4%

Finance

16.2%

Accounting

15.5%

Management

5.4%

Liberal Arts

4.7%

Sociology

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Economics

2.7%

Nursing

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

General Studies

2.0%

Political Science

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Business Economics

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Photography

1.4%

Cosmetology

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Masters

28.2%

Other

21.0%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$166,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CUNA Mutual Group
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Credit Union Examiner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Credit Union Examiner in the United States is $86,789 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

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Top Skills for A Credit Union Examiner

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Loan Applications
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review financial statements of corporate loan applicant, investigate soundness of financial status.
  • Recommend actions to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, or to protect solvency of institutions.
  • Processed funds transfers, loan applications, payments, bank wires, western unions and share withdrawal checks.
  • Manage, supervise and conduct examinations for a district of federal and federally-insured state credit unions.
  • Evaluate risk management against approval requirements and prudent loan administration practices.

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