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Compliance Director Salary

Compliance Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three-fifths of Compliance Directors. Salaries average out to around $96K annually and spread from $53K to $166K per year. Cash earnings for Compliance Directors — which occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $53K to approximately $166K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Compliance Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$54,706 - $144,355
(Median)
$55K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,695
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$13.00 - $58.00
(Median)
$13
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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
$54,706 - $144,355  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $31,018  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $19,911  
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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$53,038 - $166,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 862
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
$1,006 - $31,018  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $19,911  
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).
)
$53,038 - $166,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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. Becoming a Compliance Officer or a VP of Compliance is a common transition from a Compliance Director role.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Compliance and HIPAA Compliance as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Regulatory Compliance also know 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $95K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $116K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


Compliance Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+44 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), Boston (+32 percent), and Denver (+23 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Houston and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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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 179 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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