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Working As A Senior 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

  • $65,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Auditor Do

A Senior Auditor is responsible for supervising junior and staff auditors by checking on the quality of their work. They maintain the efficiency of internal controls and supervise the auditing process.

How To Become A Senior 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).  


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.


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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Senior Auditor Career Paths

Senior Auditor
Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Controller, Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Senior Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Internal Auditor Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Public Accountant Accountant Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Auditor Supervisor Audit Manager Internal Auditor
Internal Audit Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Public Accountant Tax Accountant Tax Manager
Senior Tax Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Accountant-Contractor Staff Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Thai

  • Arabic

  • Czech

  • Hebrew

  • Polish

  • Urdu

  • Turkish

  • Gujarati

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Real Senior Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Auditor State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA May 12, 2016 $180,000 -
SR Auditor Credit Risk Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $135,000
Director, Senior Auditor SG Americas Operational Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 25, 2016 $132,000
Senior Audit Associate III Grant Thornton LLP New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $128,800 -
Senior Audit Associate III Grant Thornton LLP New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $128,800 -
Senior Auditor II Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 09, 2016 $125,000
Senior Quantitative Auditor II Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jul 09, 2016 $125,000
Senior Auditor HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Feb 02, 2016 $125,000
Senior Auditor, IT Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 27, 2016 $122,762 -
Senior Auditor SG Americas Operational Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $121,000
Senior Auditor Friedman LLP New York, NY Dec 21, 2016 $116,979
Senior Auditor Information Systems W. W. Grainger Inc. Lake Forest, IL Jun 01, 2015 $116,000
Senior Auditor Information Systems Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Jun 01, 2015 $116,000
Senior Auditor Mobile Logic Planet Inc. San Bruno, CA May 27, 2016 $74,922
Senior Auditor Mobile Nexgen Technologies LLC San Bruno, CA May 31, 2016 $74,922
Audit Senior Deloitte &Amp; Touche LLP New York, NY Aug 14, 2015 $74,800
Audit Senior (M&A) Deloitte & Touche LLP New York, NY Jul 01, 2016 $74,800 -
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2015 $74,464 -
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL Mar 11, 2015 $74,464 -
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL Aug 02, 2016 $74,464 -
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Charlotte, NC Jan 15, 2016 $74,360 -
Senior Auditor Staff Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP Minneapolis, MN Nov 27, 2015 $64,374
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL May 09, 2016 $64,200
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $64,200
Audit Senior Deloitte &Amp; Touche LLP New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $64,200
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP New York, NY Sep 20, 2015 $64,200
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL Sep 10, 2015 $64,200
Audit Senior Deloitte & Touche LLP Chicago, IL Aug 25, 2015 $64,200

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Top Senior Auditor Skills

  1. Audit Engagements
  2. Compliance Audits
  3. Internal Control Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted from junior level to senior level auditor for financial assurance and controls on major audit engagements.
  • Supervised and performed assurance audits including Financial Audits, Benefit Plan and Compliance Audits.
  • Evaluated internal control systems and developed written recommendations to management to strengthen existing procedures.
  • Worked with Health Net's Internal Audit Manager to coordinate and perform audit procedures.
  • Conducted Financial Statement (GAAS) & Operational (Forensic) audits.

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