An average Compliance Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K per year. Total cash compensation to Compliance Associates bottoms out near $32K and approaches $95K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Most Compliance Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Compliance Associates survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$37,875 - $90,339
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$56K
$90K
MEDIAN: $56,037
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$11.88 - $25.48
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MEDIAN: $16.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$37,875 - $90,339  
   
Bonus
$513 - $15,089  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $7,375  
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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$31,933 - $94,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $25.48  
   
Overtime
$17.32 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$513 - $15,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $7,375  
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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$31,933 - $94,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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Job Description for Compliance Associate

A compliance associate ensures that their company’s employees comply with all guidelines, management directives, and human resources policies. They make sure staff members conform to industry practices and professional standards in all activities, with specific practices and standards depending on the company and field. Other tasks completed by the compliance associate include investigating and resolving compliance issues, implementing procedures for monitoring compliance guidelines, maintaining files and databases of all records relating to compliance and risk, and participating in compliance audits. They are also responsible for reviewing agency reports, formulating responses and corrective actions regarding agency reports, and distributing information regarding new and ongoing requirements. Compliance associates generally work full time in an office setting; these professionals may work in a variety of fields.

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Compliance Associate Tasks

  • Discipline and/or re-train employees in the event of compliance guideline violations.
  • Assist with training new employees on compliance procedures and answer questions regarding policies.
  • Conduct monthly and yearly branch/departmental compliance reviews.
  • Research and report on regulatory changes to ensure compliance.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Associate


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Many Compliance Associates transition into upper-level Compliance Officer positions. Compliance Officers earn a median of $60K per year.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Associate


Compliance Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Internal Audit, Legal Compliance, and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Auditing and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Compliance are also skilled in Anti-Money Laundering (AML).

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Associate

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


Compliance Associates with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. On average, Compliance Associates make $67K following one to two decades on the job. As Compliance Associates reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,369

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

For Compliance Associates, New York provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Compliance Associates will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+38 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), Houston (+28 percent), and Jacksonville (+26 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Compliance Associate's salary, with Washington Compliance Associates earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Austin (23 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Compliance Associate

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
058
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Compliance Associate Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 27%


National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Associate Salaries

Internal Audit
up arrow 22%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 16%

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
up arrow 15%



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%

Auditing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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