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Compliance Director Salary

Compliance Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $96K annually. Total incomes of Compliance Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $31K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $54K and $167K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. There are more female Compliance Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,308 - $145,091
(Median)
$55K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $95,888
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$13.00 - $58.00
(Median)
$13
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,308 - $145,091  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $30,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $19,888  
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
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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$53,767 - $167,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 871
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $58.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $52.36  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,004 - $30,872  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,024 - $19,888  
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).
)
$53,767 - $167,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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Job Description for Compliance Director

Compliance directors are responsible for ensuring that corporations or agencies conform to all rules, regulations, and laws relevant to their functions. For example, compliance directors at medical insurance companies analyze policies and practices to guarantee they adhere to state and federal Medicare and Medicaid standards and to state and federal laws related to treatment and patient care. In the banking industry, compliance directors analyze investments and policies to ensure their legal and regulatory status is in proper order, and they offer risk assessments of possible legal and regulatory issues that may arise in the future. If a violation does occur, compliance directors are responsible for managing and correcting the problem as well as instituting policy to eliminate the lapse in regulatory compliance.

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Compliance Director Tasks

  • Lead team responsible for regulatory compliance.
  • Research new and existing laws, regulations, policies, and industry standards and identify existing and emerging business practice issues and risks of company.
  • Propose solutions relating to compliance requirements that impact the company’s products and business.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of internal control and identify inefficient business processes that hinder compliance.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Director


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Many Compliance Directors move into a Chief Compliance Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chief Compliance Officers on average bring in a similar salary to Compliance Directors. It is not unusual for a Compliance Director to become a Compliance Officer or a VP of Compliance.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Compliance and HIPAA Compliance as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Regulatory Compliance indicates knowledge of Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $95K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $116K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $122K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Compliance Directors that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+44 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), Boston (+32 percent), and Dallas (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Compliance Directors earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (17 percent lower) and Minneapolis (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries



Auditing
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Legal Compliance
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National Average
$100,000

HIPAA Compliance
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Compliance (Financial)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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