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Working As A Senior Internal 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

  • $86,788

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Internal Auditor Do

A Senior Internal Auditor performs the planning and execution of regulatory, financial, and operational audits. They supervise auditors’ work and make recommendations through giving them review notes.

How To Become A Senior Internal 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 Internal Auditor Career Paths

Senior Internal Auditor
Senior Manager Internal Auditor Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Internal Audit Manager Senior Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Auditor Supervisor Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Plant Controller
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Marketing Director Finance Advisor
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Internal Audit Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Audit Manager Internal Auditor Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Sales Consultant Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Auditor Supervisor Audit Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Real Senior Internal Auditor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Internal Audit Activision Publishing Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 02, 2016 $133,089
Senior Internal Auditor Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $132,000
Senior Internal Auditor Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jun 24, 2015 $130,000 -
Senior Internal Auditor (Business) CLS Bank International New York, NY Apr 01, 2016 $130,000
AVP Senior Internal Auditor Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY May 07, 2016 $118,000
Senior Internal Auditor-Operations Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 08, 2016 $115,000
SR. Manager of Internal Audit Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC New York, NY Oct 09, 2015 $111,000
Senior Internal Auditor Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $110,000
Senior Data Analytics Internal Audit General Motors Company Detroit, MI Aug 31, 2016 $108,000
AVP Senior Internal Auditor Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $107,000
Senior Manager, Technical Risk, Financial Statement and Internal Control Audit Deloitte & Touche LLP Philadelphia, PA Apr 29, 2015 $105,374 -
Senior Internal Auditor Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 12, 2016 $105,000
Senior Auditor, Internal Audit Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jul 14, 2016 $105,000
Senior Internal Auditor Standard Motor Products, Inc. Islandia, NY Aug 25, 2015 $105,000
Senior Internal Auditor Hilton Worldwide, Inc. McLean, VA Sep 05, 2015 $95,000
Senior Internal Auditor Thermo Fisher Scientific Waltham, MA Nov 19, 2015 $94,037 -
Senior Internal Auditor WPP Group USA Inc. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $93,475
Senior Internal Auditor Willis North America Inc. New York, NY Jan 20, 2016 $93,475
Senior Associate, Internal Auditor Fidato Partners, LLC Wayne, PA Sep 22, 2015 $93,309
Senior Internal Auditor Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 06, 2016 $92,955 -
Senior Internal Auditor-SOX & Operational Audit Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 28, 2016 $92,955 -
Senior Internal Auditor Banco ITAU International Miami, FL Sep 17, 2016 $90,000
Senior Internal Auditor Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Waltham, MA Apr 25, 2016 $82,368 -
SR. Internal Auditor KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $81,952
Senior Internal Auditor Caliber Home Loans, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 29, 2016 $80,413 -
Senior Internal Auditor Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $80,000
Senior Auditor, Internal Audit The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 19, 2015 $80,000 -
Senior Internal Auditor URS Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2015 $80,000
Senior Internal Auditor AGCO Corporation Duluth, GA Jan 09, 2016 $77,932

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Top Senior Internal Auditor Skills

  1. Internal Audit Department
  2. Financial Audits
  3. Compliance Audits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Audit Supervisor in new Internal Audit Department within financial services company specializing in originating and servicing mortgage loans.
  • Created standard audit programs for compliance and financial audits after identifying relevant risks and preparing the annual audit plan.
  • Implemented and created regional balance sheet review procedures to transition the department from compliance audits to include global financial reviews.
  • Evaluated and recommended efficient internal controls.
  • Prepared audit reports for management after audit procedures were completed and documented, and presented to senior management.

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