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Working As A Senior 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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
$84,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$172,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Anthem
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a Senior Examiner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Examiner in the United States is $84,743 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $172,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Examiner

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Financial Institutions
  3. Examination Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed examination procedures to ensure compliance with credit policy and prescribed guidelines for the respective borrower industry.
  • Performed complex new business and existing account asset-based and factoring examinations for a client list that includes several major financial institutions.
  • Prepared final examination reports of findings and communicated recommendations for corrective action to management, member firms and other regulatory agencies.
  • Redesigned the audit program to eliminate redundancy, which streamlined audit procedures in the field.
  • Audit and evaluate financial statements of insurance companies or related entities and determine compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

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Senior Examiner Demographics

Gender

Male

48.0%

Female

40.4%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.4%

German

15.2%

French

12.1%

Swahili

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Bulgarian

3.0%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Armenian

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Hebrew

3.0%
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Senior Examiner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Saint John's University - New York

8.2%

Florida State University

7.3%

Pace University - New York

6.4%

New York University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Fordham University

4.5%

Montclair State University

4.5%

Suffolk University

4.5%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Champlain College

3.6%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.6%

American Institute

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.3%

Finance

15.6%

Accounting

15.0%

Management

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Law

4.1%

Political Science

3.5%

Economics

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Education

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Public Administration

1.6%

History

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

English

1.4%

Legal Support Services

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

Insurance

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

27.4%

Other

14.6%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

4.0%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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