Careers at SAO
Professional Experience. Collaborative Workplace. Local Impact.
The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) is a team-driven workplace, with 400 employees located in 15 regional offices across Washington. Every day our auditors are out in local communities, helping increase trust in government through objective auditing and performance reviews. You can join the team and help build a better government.
What we look for in employees
SAO prides itself in being ethical, accountable and efficient. These values are also what we search for in our employees. If you possess a Bachelor’s degree and 10 semester or 15 quarter hours of college level accounting, along with strong communication, time management and analysis skills and an interest in improving government, we may have an opportunity for you in financial and compliance auditing. Other types of auditing, such as those focusing on performance audits or cybersecurity audits, may require more education.
Professional experience and development
As an SAO employee, you will have professional development opportunities to build your skills. We work with each person on our staff to design professional development plans that ensure your knowledge and skills advance in line with your career aspirations. Because the work we do is unique, staff are provided around 40 hours of in-house training each year. We want to make sure each auditor receives the training, mentoring and coaching to help them gain the necessary skills to succeed.
How to apply – Jobs and Internships
SAO hires all year and posts current job opportunities on the Washington state careers website. Type “audit” in the search bar to narrow results to our office or filter by department. SAO offers both summer and year-round paid internships to current students looking to get on-the-job experience. You can also reach out to an SAO recruiter for more information.
Work in your community
There are more than 2,000 governments in Washington, from cities and counties to library and health districts. SAO audits them all. While State Auditor Pat McCarthy works on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, field teams of auditors live and work around the state.
Have a job and a life
SAO offers flexible schedules that help you balance work and life. We also offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package.
Our frontline audit staff visit job fairs at local colleges and universities across Washington. They can tell you about their real-world experiences, opportunities, and benefits from working for the Office of the Washington State Auditor. If you would like to have SAO visit your job fair or classroom, please contact our recruitment staff.
Committed to equal opportunity
The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) is an equal opportunity employer. SAO does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability. If you have a disability and need assistance in the application or testing process, or need job announcements in another format, please call 360-725-5385. If you have a hearing impairment, you can also reach us via TTY.