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Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Salary (United States)

Average Chief Risk Officers in the United States make around $161K per year. With some bonuses approaching $99K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $118K, overall incomes of Chief Risk Officers spread between $100K and $334K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Chief Risk Officers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and nearly all earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chief Risk Officers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$97,545 - $245,941
MEDIAN: $160,854
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$97,545 - $245,941  
$3,931 - $98,633  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $118,359  
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).
$99,958 - $334,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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Job Description for Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

A chief risk officer usually oversees a region for a company to identify all sorts of risks the company might face or is currently being subjected to. The chief risk officer wants to make sure that company profits are a priority while policies and regulations are being adhered to. Some areas that the chief risk officer will oversee are risks relating to investment, credit, operations, and things that may be happening on the market. The chief risk officer must also be familiar with company policies and the law. The officer should make sure that various departments are complying with these regulations.
Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Tasks
  • Identify key areas for improvement and recommend changes.
  • Evaluate and report on compliance with governance and financial regulations.
  • Coordinate with senior management to develop, evaluate, and implement risk management policies.

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Survey results show that Chief Risk Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Risk Management / Risk Control and Regulatory Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management / Risk Control. Experience with Regulatory Compliance is often linked with knowledge of Risk Management / Risk Control.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Chief Risk Officers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Chief Risk Officers will also find cushy salaries in Des Moines (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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Experience Affects Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Salaries

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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 29 votes.


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Years of Experience

1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 4%