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salary change upon transfer

Quick question - If you're given the opportunity to stay within the firm and transition cross functions in a Big 4, say from Audit to Advisory/IT Risk, do they adjust your salary to match your peers in the destination function? Would a first year audit senior transitioning to a first year advisory senior make the same as if he started at the firm as an advisory staff? 


It depends on when you leave, and it depends on the Firm. If you transfer after the Firm's decided your salary for the upcoming year, then you will have the same salary that your previous group had agreed to until the next year. Also, some Firms claim that your pay is based on your previous year's work, which was in a different group, so they'll carry over that salary, and some Firms will adjust your pay. Timing is basically key. In terms of your second question about the audit senior going to an advisory senior, yes, you will be within a close range based on the level you are at. Keep in mind that while audit is more structured, the pay bands in advisory are wider and a little more performance-based than audit. There are also some groups that hire externally that pay you based on your experience at other companies, and your prevailing wage at that company. This is usually the exception.

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