Salaries for Compliance Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Compliance Directors stretch from $54K on the lower end to $177K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $32K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Compliance Directors (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,955 - $154,630
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MEDIAN: $98,475
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$15.53 - $36.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,955 - $154,630  
   
Bonus
$1,010 - $32,206  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
Total Pay (?
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$53,503 - $176,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 725
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $36.52  
   
Overtime
$27.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,010 - $32,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
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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$53,503 - $176,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • 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.
  • Lead team responsible for regulatory compliance.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Director


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Compliance Directors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like VP of Compliance. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Auditing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Internal Audit also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Regulatory Compliance are similarly competent in Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

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


Compliance Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $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 $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,915

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Compliance Directors, 61 percent higher than the national average. Compliance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+49 percent), Boston (+48 percent), New York (+32 percent), and St. Louis (+20 percent). Compliance Directors in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 34 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Nashville and 18 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Compliance Director

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 33%

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
up arrow 14%


Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$101,000


Contract Management
up arrow 1%


Operations Management
up arrow 6%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 11%


Safety Compliance
up arrow 22%

Auditing
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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