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Compliance Director Salary

Compliance Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $96K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Compliance Directors bottoms out near $54K and approaches $166K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $31K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. More than half of Compliance Directors (64 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of Compliance Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,140 - $143,373
(Median)
$55K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,794
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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
$55,140 - $143,373  
   
Bonus
$1,009 - $30,991  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $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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$53,563 - $166,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 843
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
$1,009 - $30,991  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $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).
)
$53,563 - $166,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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For Compliance Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Compliance Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chief Compliance Officer. Becoming a VP of Compliance or a Compliance Officer is a common transition from a Compliance Director role.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Survey results imply that Compliance Directors put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Those educated in Regulatory Compliance tend to be well versed in Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

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


For many Compliance Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $70K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $95K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $116K. 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 $119K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 53 percent, Compliance Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+40 percent), Boston (+32 percent), and Denver (+24 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Workers in Houston and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 10 percent less, 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 181 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%