It’s no wonder that the position of information technology auditor is in high demand. IT auditor jobs exist in almost every industry.
From a neighborhood bakery’s point-of-sale software to a Fortune 500 company’s intranet, most businesses rely on technology to further their development. A computer glitch can be more than just an inconvenience — it can cost organizations thousands or millions of dollars.
Much like a financial auditor analyzes a company’s processes to ensure compliance and accuracy, people who hold IT auditor jobs examine all technological infrastructure, from communications systems to software programs. Demand for skilled IT auditors is high — and so can be the salaries.
Salary benchmarks for IT auditor jobs
According to the Robert Half's latest Salary Guide for accounting and Finance, IT auditor jobs are among the top 10 positions for 2017. The average starting salary range with one to three years of experience at a midsize company is $74,250 to $94,750, a 3.8 percent increase from last year. IT auditors in management positions at midsize companies on average earn $112,250 to $152,750, an annual increase of 3.9 percent.
At large companies, an IT auditor with one to three years of experience can expect to earn $78,750 to $103,500, a 3.9 percent increase in a year. Those in management positions are projected to earn a range of $121,500 to $171,500, up 3.9 percent from 2016.
Duties and expectations
An IT auditor may work on a variety of specific projects that include analyzing information security systems, programs and software for any type of IT system. In addition to making sure these systems are in compliance with government and internal regulations, those in IT auditor jobs identify potential issues and offers solutions for improvement.
There’s plenty of room for advancement, as many organizations staff a team of IT experts overseen by senior IT auditors or IT auditing managers.
Education, experience and skills
Candidates interested in IT auditor jobs should know they are typically expected to hold a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or business. Some employers may require additional certification for certain IT positions, such as the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) credentials. Those require three to five years’ experience before taking the qualifying exam.
In addition to the technical skills needed to navigate a company’s network infrastructure, an IT auditor must be comfortable with risk assessment and data analytics.
Communication skills are also vital, considering the IT auditor often acts as a liaison between IT staff and company directors who may lack technical training. Explaining technical ideas to management, as well as communicating requests from management to IT staff, are an everyday occurrence in the role of an IT auditor.
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Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated recently to reflect new Salary Guide information.