Chief Compliance Officer Salary (United States)

Salaries for Chief Compliance Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107,994) per year. Cash earnings—including $51K in bonuses and $24K profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $55,673 to $182,109 depending on individual performance. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most Chief Compliance Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Chief Compliance Officer Salary (?
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$55,673 - $182,109
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MEDIAN: $100,421
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Chief Compliance Officer Salary (?
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$13.16 - $65.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$55,673 - $182,109  
   
Bonus
$962 - $50,780  
Profit Sharing
$1,018 - $24,240  
Commission
$245.66 - $25,434  
Total Pay (?
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$56,555 - $214,045  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $65.00  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $36.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$962 - $50,780  
   
Commission
$245.66 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$1,018 - $24,240  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,555 - $214,045  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Chief Compliance Officer

Chief compliance officers are responsible for the finances and operations within their company. Whenever a department or division undertakes a new initiative requiring executive budget approval, the chief compliance officer must make a decision on whether to grant that permission. Chief compliance officers are also responsible for ensuring that operations within the company adhere to all applicable rules, regulations, policies, and laws. For example, chief compliance officers must ensure that procedures within their company's manufacturing plants are in line with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards.
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Chief Compliance Officer Tasks
  • Conduct or direct the internal investigation of compliance issues.
  • Oversee and monitor activities for compliance with company, state and federal regulations.
  • Assess product, compliance, or operational risks and develop risk management strategies.
  • Conduct periodic internal reviews or audits to ensure that compliance procedures are followed.

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Popular Skills for Chief Compliance Officer

Professional skills reported by Chief Compliance Officers are few in number. Most notably, facility with Legal Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Regulatory Compliance are similarly competent in Compliance (Financial) and Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Compliance Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, salaries go from $80K to beyond six figures at $100K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $127K. Pay actually shrinks for Chief Compliance Officers after two decades in the profession, averaging $123K. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 36 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 36 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 27 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$108,000
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For those looking to make money, Chief Compliance Officers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 62 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, top-paying cities where Chief Compliance Officers see paychecks higher than average (+58 percent, +41 percent, +23 percent, and +20 percent). Chief Compliance Officers in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—35 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Dallas and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-7 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Compliance Officer Salaries

National Average
$108,000

Skills That Affect Chief Compliance Officer Salaries

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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