Compliance Director Salary (United States)

Compliance Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $99,832 annually, on average, but can range from $52,985 to $166,409 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $54,060 to approximately $142,624; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $19,933, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn vision coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 63 percent of Compliance Directors are female. For the most part, Compliance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Compliance Director Salary (?
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$54,060 - $142,624
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MEDIAN: $95,445
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Compliance Director Salary (?
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$12.52 - $56.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,060 - $142,624  
   
Bonus
$1,005 - $30,471  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $19,933  
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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$52,985 - $166,409  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $56.77  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $32.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,005 - $30,471  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $19,933  
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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$52,985 - $166,409  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director

Survey results show that Compliance Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Legal Compliance, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 11 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Regulatory Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled 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 but not all Compliance Directors, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Starting out, salaries are typically $67K, which grows to $100K after five to 10 years. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $116K. After 20 years in the field, Compliance Directors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $118K. The majority of Compliance Directors have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with one to 10 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Compliance Directors, top-notch salaries can be found in eastern parts of the United States: New York, Boston, and Philadelphia offer exceptional salaries—better than the national average for those in this field. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 10 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Miami (-5 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries

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$100,000

Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

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$100,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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