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Financial Examiners

Financial examiners enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations that govern securities and financial institutions as well as real estate and financial transactions. Financial examiners evaluate and verify that records are correct and also establish the authenticity of records. They also examine a company's or an individual's tax return for accuracy and to verify that credits and deductions are legitimate.

Financial examiners employed by private companies examine the company's tax documents prior to filing in order to avoid errors. Some examiners create internal audit procedures and execute internal audits and risk assessments. Some of the common job titles are internal auditor, compliance analyst, compliance officer and compliance specialist.

A financial examiner is sometimes asked to design and manage accounting procedures for automated PC or large computer accounting and auditing systems. Entry-level financial examiners often perform a variety of clerical tasks such as placing tax information into computer databases for processing.

Responsibilities

  • Verify and examine cash reserves, bank owned securities and assigned collateral
  • Offer recommendations for coordinating existing systems with examination procedures
  • Create guidelines for procedures and policies that comply with new and revised regulations
  • Analyze the minutes of meetings of stockholders, directors and committees in order to examine the specific authority extended at the various management levels
  • Ensure legality of transactions and operations and financial solvency
  • Recommend actions in order to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and to protect the solvency of institutions
  • Examine proposed, new and revised laws, policies, regulations and procedures in order to understand their meaning and their impact
  • Analyze a variety of financial activities in order to determine their conformance to regulations, their public interest value and to recommend acceptance or rejection
  • Investigate the activities of institutions in order to enforce laws and regulations
  • Resolve problems regarding the overall financial integrity of banking institutions

Job Characteristics

Financial examiners sometimes are involved in meetings with trustees, bank directors, outside accountants, senior management, counsels and consultants.

Financial examiners need skills in analyzing, investigating and communicating. They should also be detail oriented.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the job growth rate for financial examiners will be slower than average, which is primarily due to the streamlining of the Internal Revenue Agency. The job market for tax examiners is somewhat based on the health of the economy, particularly with state and local tax agencies. However, the employment prospects with private companies is likely to improve as businesses seek to avoid external audits and to keep accurate tax records.

The median annual wage in 2008 was $70,930. The median salary for financial examiners varies by employment sector. The top paying industries in descending order are federal executive branch (OES designation), electric power generation, transmission and distribution; investment pools and funds; monetary authorities-Central Bank, and the securities and commodity industry. Those working on the federal level typically make a higher salary than local tax examiners.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

A bachelor's degree in accounting is often required for entry-level financial examiner jobs with private and public organizations. Financial examiners need skills in computer databases and other relevant types of software. Some employers may require credentials such as CPA, CISA and CISSP.

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Major Employers

The major employers for financial examiners are state agencies, the federal government and private corporations. Companies involved with securities and commodity contracts, financial investment activities and deposit credit intermediation are also major employers.

Schools for Financial Examiners are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Financial Examiners

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Financial Examiners jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 830 $58,480
Hoover 830 $58,480
Montgomery 90 $72,800
Mobile N/A $59,800
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 70 $60,290
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale N/A $74,320
Mesa N/A $74,320
Phoenix N/A $74,320
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 120 $79,040
North Little Rock 120 $79,040
Little Rock 120 $79,040
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1800 $92,480
Los Angeles 1800 $92,480
Anaheim 1800 $92,480
San Francisco 1350 $108,890
Hayward 1350 $108,890
Oakland 1350 $108,890
Carlsbad 390 $83,640
San Diego 390 $83,640
Arden 340 $80,510
Arcade 340 $80,510
Roseville 340 $80,510
Sacramento 340 $80,510
Sunnyvale 110 $89,000
Santa Clara 110 $89,000
San Jose 110 $89,000
Oxnard 50 $71,320
Thousand Oaks 50 $71,320
Ventura 50 $71,320
Santa Rosa 30 $49,550
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 940 $72,710
Aurora 940 $72,710
Denver 940 $72,710
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 300 $84,640
West Hartford 300 $84,640
Hartford 300 $84,640
Stamford 200 $108,330
Norwalk 200 $108,330
Bridgeport 200 $108,330
New Haven 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 910 $76,280
Fort Lauderdale 910 $76,280
West Palm Beach 910 $76,280
Tampa 820 $73,070
Clearwater 820 $73,070
St. Petersburg 820 $73,070
Jacksonville 470 $64,460
Sanford 370 $59,340
Kissimmee 370 $59,340
Orlando 370 $59,340
Ferry Pass 40 $81,890
Brent 40 $81,890
Pensacola 40 $81,890
Gainesville 30 $77,170
Crestview 30 $114,510
Destin 30 $114,510
Fort Walton Beach 30 $114,510
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 600 $80,900
Sandy Springs 600 $80,900
Atlanta 600 $80,900
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 90 $68,860
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 $67,340
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 30 $91,060
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 260 $74,660
Carmel 260 $74,660
Indianapolis 260 $74,660
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 190 $57,400
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 70 $74,950
Topeka 40 $63,560
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 50 $79,530
Lexington 50 $79,530
Fort Knox 30 $80,070
Elizabethtown 30 $80,070
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 100 $60,690
New Orleans 100 $60,690
Baton Rouge 80 $79,870
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 70 $73,840
Portland 70 $73,840
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 380 $64,940
Columbia 380 $64,940
Baltimore 380 $64,940
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 430 $66,580
Dearborn 430 $66,580
Warren 430 $66,580
East Lansing 50 $66,490
Lansing 50 $66,490
Grand Rapids 50 $80,710
Wyoming 50 $80,710
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 50 $38,850
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 100 $74,660
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 90 $65,300
Springfield 70 $70,870
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 50 $75,940
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 50 $48,360
Grand Island 30 $79,970
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 170 $68,670
Henderson 170 $68,670
Las Vegas 170 $68,670
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton N/A $83,410
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 80 $61,130
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 170 $80,450
Cheektowaga 170 $80,450
Buffalo 170 $80,450
Albany 110 $78,150
Schenectady 110 $78,150
Troy 110 $78,150
Syracuse 90 $81,690
Rochester N/A $70,980
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 170 $63,430
Salem 140 $92,450
Winston 140 $92,450
Greensboro 100 $51,840
High Point 100 $51,840
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 950 $71,250
Elyria 950 $71,250
Akron 160 $104,530
Dayton 70 $60,200
Columbus N/A $63,740
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 300 $49,380
Tulsa 60 $84,560
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 70 $65,330
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 620 $94,600
Harrisburg 130 $62,280
Carlisle 130 $62,280
Hazleton 60 $73,490
Barre 60 $73,490
Scranton 60 $73,490
Wilkes 60 $73,490
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 430 $34,890
Carolina 430 $34,890
San Juan 430 $34,890
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 140 $63,080
Mauldin 70 $63,540
Anderson 70 $63,540
Greenville 70 $63,540
Spartanburg 40 $46,060
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 150 N/A
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 330 $68,380
Nashville 330 $68,380
Murfreesboro 330 $68,380
Davidson 330 $68,380
Knoxville 70 $72,380
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1250 $83,030
Fort Worth 1250 $83,030
Dallas 1250 $83,030
Sugar Land 540 $75,690
The Woodlands 540 $75,690
Houston 540 $75,690
Austin 350 $75,390
Round Rock 350 $75,390
Lubbock 60 $89,730
San Antonio N/A $72,350
New Braunfels N/A $72,350
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 360 $72,370
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $78,100
Burlington 30 $78,100
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 520 $80,960
Roanoke 70 $72,950
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 270 $91,300
Tacoma 270 $91,300
Seattle 270 $91,300
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 40 $48,240
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 260 $67,430
Oshkosh 30 $61,890
Neenah 30 $61,890
Green Bay 30 $62,430
West Allis N/A $71,890
Milwaukee N/A $71,890
Waukesha N/A $71,890
Appleton N/A $72,740

Most Popular Industries for :
Financial Examiners

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 9,660 37% $76,420
Banking And Credit 5,210 20% $59,490
Securities And Investment 4,300 16% $75,480
Business Management 1,690 6% $76,690
Insurance 1,490 5% $64,450
Central Bank 1,200 4% $84,850
Professional And Technical Services 1,150 4% $48,630
Non-profit 280 1% $74,870
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