Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for auditors varies depending on the region they work in and their level of experience.

  • With up to three years' experience, you can earn between $36,000 and $75,000 a year.
  • With three to six years' experience, you can earn between $75,000 and $90,000.
  • Senior auditors and auditor managers can expect to earn between $75,000 and $180,000.
  • Source : Hays, 'Hays 2014 Salary Guide', 2014.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Auditors may do some or all of the following :

  • study the accounting methods of business clients
  • decide if the company financial reports give an accurate view of the business
  • check that funds are used wisely and within the law, especially if working for a government department or agency
  • ensure that financial statements comply with professional accounting standards in New Zealand
  • oversee the stocktake of a business to ensure staff are following accounting procedures correctly.
  • Auditors need to have :

  • an understanding of the principles of finance and accounting
  • knowledge of tax law
  • knowledge of accounting systems and practices.
  • Auditors :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends, or be on call
  • work in offices at accounting firms, government departments and private businesses
  • may travel locally to clients' businesses.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an auditor you need a commerce, business or accounting degree, majoring in accounting.

    To become an auditor in information and communication technology (ICT), a degree in information systems or related subjects is useful.

    Most employers require you to be a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA).

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, English, maths with statistics and / or calculus, and economics.

    Auditors need to be :

  • able to keep information private
  • logical and able to make sound judgements
  • good at solving problems
  • methodical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • organised
  • good at communicating
  • able to analyse and interpret data.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for auditors includes work in :


    Membership with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand is recommended.

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