Compliance Director Salary

Nearly three in five of Compliance Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $54K to $166K per year, but median earnings come to around $96K annually. In the world of Compliance Directors, overall income ranges from $54K near the bottom to $166K at the top; this can include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Compliance Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,048 - $146,030
(Median)
$55K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $95,561
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50%
90%

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$13.09 - $57.62
(Median)
$13
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,048 - $146,030  
   
Bonus
$990 - $30,564  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $19,668  
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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$53,829 - $166,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $57.62  
   
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$990 - $30,564  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $19,668  
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).
)
$53,829 - $166,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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As Compliance Directors transition into upper-level roles like Compliance VPs, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Compliance VPs earn the same amount as Compliance Directors on average. A Chief Compliance Officer or a Compliance Officer is a typical transition from a Compliance Director role.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Survey results show that Compliance Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Legal Compliance, and HIPAA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Auditing and Compliance as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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.


Compliance Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $94K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $115K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


Compliance Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+46 percent), New York (+45 percent), Boston (+32 percent), and Dallas (+23 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Compliance Directors earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Houston and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries



Legal Compliance
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National Average
$100,000

HIPAA Compliance
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Compliance (Financial)
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Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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