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Chief Compliance Officer Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Compliance Officers in the United States, with pay typically hovering around $108K per year. Total incomes of Chief Compliance Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $51K from bonuses and close to $24K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $57K and $214K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most Chief Compliance Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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  
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

Job skills reported by Chief Compliance Officers are limited. 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 familiar with Regulatory Compliance also know 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.
Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $80K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $100K. Chief Compliance Officers bring in $127K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $123K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 36 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 36 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 27 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$108,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief Compliance Officers, 62 percent higher than the national average. Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Chief Compliance Officers earning around 58 percent, 41 percent, 23 percent, and 20 percent more than average. Chief Compliance Officers in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (7 percent lower) and Miami (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chief Compliance Officer Salaries

National Average
$108,000

Skills That Affect Chief Compliance Officer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 284 votes.

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%