Compliance Director Salary

Compliance Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $99K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total incomes of Compliance Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $32K from bonuses and close to $26K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $54K and $178K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Compliance Directors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,445 - $155,891
$56K
$99K
$160K
MEDIAN: $99,035
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50%
90%

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$13.70 - $36.77
$14
$19
$37
MEDIAN: $18.51
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,445 - $155,891  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $32,173  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,532  
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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$54,289 - $178,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 716
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $36.77  
   
Overtime
$27.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,001 - $32,173  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,532  
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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$54,289 - $178,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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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As Compliance Directors make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level VP of Compliance position pays around the same amount as the Compliance Director job on average.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Anti-Money Laundering and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Those listing Auditing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Compliance also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Regulatory Compliance indicates knowledge of Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

Pay by Experience for a Compliance Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Compliance Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Compliance Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 253 salaries. An experienced Compliance Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 336 salaries. A Compliance Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 168 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,898

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Compliance Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 60 percent above the national average. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+42 percent), Philadelphia (+41 percent), Chicago (+36 percent), and New York (+29 percent). Compliance Directors in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (19 percent lower) and Portland (15 percent lower).

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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 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

National Average
$102,000

▼3%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
▲33%

Project Management
▲32%



National Average
$102,000


Contract Management
▼2%




Compliance (Financial)
▼12%

Safety Compliance
▼22%

Auditing
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 10%
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