Salary and Benefits

December 17, 2006

What This Job Pays: auditor

Pay: The average salary for an auditor in the Seattle area is $51,709 a year, with most making from $47,900 to $72,700 a year, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.

Demand: Overall job opportunities should be favorable, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. Job seekers who obtain professional recognition through certification or licensure, a master's degree, proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, or specialized expertise will have the best opportunities. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances will drive faster-than-average growth of accountants and auditors.

Need to know: Internal auditing is an increasingly important area of accounting and auditing. Internal auditors verify the accuracy of their organization's internal records and check for mismanagement, waste or fraud.

PayScale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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