Entry-Level Audit Positions

The California State Auditor is looking for motivated candidates who already have or are within a year of graduating from a four year accredited college or university. If you have strong analytical and writing skills and a desire to be challenged, learn more "about us" and explore our website to see why you will want to launch your career here!

The California State Auditor's Office is part of the merit-based California civil service selection system. The civil service selection system consists of two simple phases: exams and hiring. The information below is specific to the entry-level (Auditor Evaluator I) auditor selection process.

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Exam and Hiring Process for Entry-Level Auditors

  1. Apply and take the exam - Create a profile on our website to submit your application and resume. We will verify your application and email you instructions for taking the online exam.
  2. Get Results - If you pass the exam, you can apply for a position. Exam results are good for 18 months.
  3. Apply for Vacancy - If you are in the top three ranks, you will be asked to complete an online writing assessment.
  4. Interview - We will interview the most qualified applicants and make decisions shortly after the interviews.
  5. Join Our Team!

To qualify for the Auditor Evaluator I examination and gain employment as an Auditor Evaluator I you must first meet the minimum requirements stated in the State Personnel Board's Job Specifications.


Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four year accredited college or university. (Registration as a senior student in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Experience: No experience required. Applicants must meet the educational requirement.

All candidates extended an employment offer by the California State Auditor must provide official transcripts proving eligibility from their educational institution(s).

Exams: We are accepting applications for the Auditor Evaluator I examination.

Auditor Evaluator I Exam Bulletin (PDF) (Current Ranking: Eligibility List Disclosure)

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Hiring (Vacancies): We are not accepting hiring applications at this time. You can still apply to take the examination in the meantime. We anticipate re-opening the position later this year.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Recruiting Team at recruiter@auditor.ca.gov.

About Us

The California State Auditor serves Californians by improving the performance, accountability, and transparency of government. Our core values—integrity, commitment, and leadership—are reflected in everything we do. Our office conducts independent analyses and reports its unbiased findings to the public and the Legislature with recommendations for actions that lead to improving government operations.

A Trusted Voice

We are often called upon to testify before the Legislature to share the results of our work during budget deliberations, policy changes, or informational hearings. Our work is often cited by the press—locally, nationally, and sometimes internationally.

Our Work

Although located in downtown Sacramento, our work may take us up and down the State. We may be assessing tax revenues in southern California, safety issues for bridges in the bay area, sexual assault and violence in various California colleges, or cybersecurity in various departments. Thus, some travel may be involved, but the variety of our work is bar none.

Our Organization

Our staff of approximately 200 individuals is our most valuable resource, and we offer a competitive compensation package and invest in growing our staff professionally. Nearly 80% of our staff are auditors, 10% are investigators, and the other 10% are attorneys, executives, or other professionals who ensure the daily operations of the office. Together, we work diligently to clarify issues and formulate solutions that positively impact Californians.

"As auditors for California, our staff is a trusted resource to California decision makers. California State Auditors have an essential role in helping change the way government does its work. Moreover, our office is committed to the staff's professional and personal growth."Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor

How do I apply for an entry-level position with the California State Auditor?

Click Here to begin the Auditor Evaluator I selection process.

Is there a study guide for the Auditor Evaluator I examination?

No, there is no study guide for this examination. The Auditor Evaluator I classification is considered entry-level and typically the work you perform while in college will prepare you for this examination.

Are there technical questions on the examination?

We cannot go into specifics about what is on the examination; however, the examination does not require any specific technical knowledge and is designed so that candidates from a wide range of educational backgrounds should be able to answer the questions.

Is there a deadline to take the Auditor Evaluator I examination?

The Auditor Evaluator I examination is offered on a continuous basis. We close the examination periodically for routine maintenance.

How long before I get my examination results?

You will receive an email notifying you to log into your profile to view your examination results within 1-2 days of submitting your examination.

How is the examination scored?

In order to determine your score, we perform a linear transformation on your raw score which we then convert into 6 ranks/ranges. For example, your score does not necessarily reflect that you received a 75% on the exam, just that your converted score placed you in the rank/range of 75%.

Can I find out what rank I am in?

You can review the eligible list disclosure to see the most current rankings and their associated scores. The exam is given on a continuous basis so rankings may change daily. Rankings can change as a result of individuals being hired from the list, being placed inactive on the list, and transferring on or off the list.

I just got my results and I passed. What are the next steps?

If you are interested in a position, and we have positions available, you will see an APPLY FOR POSITION link on your profile. Click on the link and follow the instructions to submit your hiring application. If you are in the top three ranks, you will receive an invitation to participate in the writing assessment. If you are not in the top three ranks, your application will be held and should the rankings shift to where you are in the top three ranks, you may be invited to participate in the writing assessment.

I just got my results and I scored a 65%. Can I re-take the exam?

You can retake the examination 9 months from the date of your examination results.

What qualities are needed for success?

We look for people who have the following:

  • Integrity, commitment, and leadership qualities
  • Self-starter with a sense of purpose
  • Ability to work in an independent nonpartisan office
  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with teammates and other colleagues
  • Ability to self-reflect and respond to feedback in a positive and constructive manner
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Willingness to travel

Does the California State Auditor's Office offer CPA qualifying experience?

We provide the opportunity to complete CPA qualifying experience within 1-4 years depending on your licensure pathway. Typically, those who have passed the CPA exam receive priority for qualifying experience.

Does the office help pay for the CPA exam?

We will reimburse you for a CPA review course and/or materials up to $2,000 while employed with us. For those who pass the exam, we pay out a $4,800 bonus over three years while employed. However, we do not pay CPA examination fees.

What is the California State Auditor's Office doing to help employees balance their work and family life?

In order to ease the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance, we offer flexibility in choosing your set work hours. In addition, our annual leave program allows for 4 1/2 weeks of paid time off each year. Although, there are times in which overtime may be necessary, unlike many private sector firms, you are compensated for each hour of authorized overtime worked.

How fast can I advance in my career?

Promotions are based on demonstrated performance, business need, and a required amount of experience at each level. You receive increased responsibilities and the chance to demonstrate your leadership skills based on your performance. You can influence how fast you may be promoted by producing quality work and successfully assuming increased responsibilities.

What types of assignments can I expect during my first year?

You will experience a dynamic work environment that includes challenging assignments and working on different teams. In general, you can expect to work on two or three audit assignments during your first year at the California State Auditor's Office. Although all audit staff work on performance and compliance audits, accounting majors will also typically work on the financial audit. Assignments typically last anywhere from 4 - 6 months and have covered topics that range from the affordability of college textbooks to reviewing how funds, received under the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are spent.

For more information about the different audits the California State Auditor's Office conducts, please use the following links:

What are the normal work hours for staff?

Normally, employees work an 8 hour shift sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You must choose a set schedule and work hours; however, you have the flexibility in setting those hours. For example, you can choose a schedule that begins sometime between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. with the option of taking a half-hour lunch or a one-hour lunch. In addition, we offer an alternate work week program which allows you the option to work a longer work day and take every other Friday off.