Average pay for Chief Compliance Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($108K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $52K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Compliance Officers can bottom out near $64K or peak near $224K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women Chief Compliance Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Chief Compliance Officers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$62,975 - $193,152  
   
Bonus
$1,481 - $52,484  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,912  
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$63,956 - $224,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 650
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Hourly Rate
$20.23  
   
Overtime
$27.77  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,481 - $52,484  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,912  
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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$63,956 - $224,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

  • Assess product, compliance, or operational risks and develop risk management strategies.
  • Conduct periodic internal reviews or audits to ensure that compliance procedures are followed.
  • Conduct or direct the internal investigation of compliance issues.
  • Oversee and monitor activities for compliance with company, state and federal regulations.

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Popular Skills for Chief Compliance Officer


Chief Compliance Officers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Anti-Money Laundering, Legal Compliance, Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. HIPAA Compliance and Policy Development, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Regulatory Compliance also tend to know Legal Compliance and Compliance (Financial).

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Compliance Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $78K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $108K. On average, Chief Compliance Officers make $135K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,058

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Compliance Officers, 65 percent above the national average. Chief Compliance Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+60 percent), Boston (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), and Atlanta (+28 percent). Chief Compliance Officers in Phoenix take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Nashville and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Chief Compliance Officer Salaries



National Average
$115,000



Skills That Affect Chief Compliance Officer Salaries

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
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Compliance (Financial)
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Regulatory Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average
$115,000

Policy Development
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HIPAA Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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