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Auditor (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Examines records to determine the financial status of a company or organization. Inspects accounts and account books, prepares reports on the accuracy of internal financial records and accounting procedures.

Job Outlook

There were 1277 Auditor (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 43787 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Auditor industry, which includes the Auditor (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Auditor (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,511.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,372.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Auditor (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $46,920.

Education and Experience

Posted Auditor (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree71%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Auditor (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years44%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years5%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Auditor (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Microsoft Excel (23%)
  • Planning (20%)
  • Microsoft Office (19%)
  • Research (17%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Accounting (29%)
  • Public Accounting (20%)
  • Financial Statements (13%)
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (12%)
  • Audit Planning (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Customer Service (14%)
  • Customer Contact (10%)
  • Budgeting (10%)
  • Project Management (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Audit Reports (7%)
  • External Auditing (6%)
  • Auditing Standards (4%)
  • Risk Assessment (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Auditor (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Audit Senior
  • Night Audit
  • Auditor
  • Freight Processing Lead
  • Audit Associate

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Auditor (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • KPMG (4018)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (2974)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (2761)
  • Acca (798)
  • Big Lots Incorporated (708)

North Carolina

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (155)
  • KPMG (87)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (47)
  • Bank of America (41)
  • Big Lots Incorporated (28)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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