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Working As A Field 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field 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 Field 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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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$172,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bank of America
Highest Paying City
Colorado Springs, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Field Examiner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Field Examiner in the United States is $82,749 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $172,000.

Real Field Examiner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ABL Field Examiner CBC Group, LLC Irving, TX Sep 30, 2015 $82,500
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Huntingtown, MD Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation New Hyde Park, NY Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Austin, TX Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Lawrenceville, GA Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Somerset, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation East Hartford, CT Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Auditor/Field Examiner IBM Corporation Bensenville, IL Oct 01, 2011 $80,804
Senior Field Examiner Redridge Finance Group LLC Santa Monica, CA Apr 01, 2016 $80,000 -
$100,000
ABL Field Examiner CBC Group, LLC Irving, TX Mar 04, 2013 $65,000
Field Examiner II Cit Group Commercial Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 24, 2014 $63,000

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Top Skills for A Field Examiner

  1. Audit Procedures
  2. Exam Reports
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented the company's audit procedures for commercial and factoring accounts
  • Prepared field exam reports for distribution to the portfolio and underwriting teams.
  • Performed on-site BSA/AML examinations on the moderate-to-high-risk agents to ensure compliance with all federal and state law regulations.
  • Audited and reviewed various areas of borrower operations and financial statements to ensure compliance with loan covenants.
  • Investigated unfair labor practices committed by agricultural employers and unions under the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

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Top 10 Best States for Field Examiners

  1. District of Columbia
  2. New York
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Alaska
  5. Virginia
  6. Texas
  7. New Jersey
  8. North Carolina
  9. Connecticut
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Field Examiner Demographics

Gender

Male

51.8%

Female

37.5%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Russian

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Ukrainian

4.8%

Dutch

4.8%

French

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Field Examiner Education

Schools

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

13.3%

University of Phoenix

10.0%

DePaul University

6.7%

Georgia State University

5.6%

Loyola University Maryland

5.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.4%

Niagara University

4.4%

Indiana State University

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Canisius College

4.4%

Ball State University

4.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Monmouth University

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Iona College

3.3%

Western Michigan University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

Walden University

3.3%
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Majors

Accounting

28.5%

Business

22.3%

Finance

14.2%

Law

5.3%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Management

2.8%

International Relations

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Nursing

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Education

1.8%

Economics

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Sociology

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Clinical Psychology

1.0%

Biology

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

30.5%

Other

11.8%

Doctorate

7.1%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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