Compliance Director Salary

About three-fifths 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 per year. Cash earnings for Compliance Directors — which occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $166K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Compliance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Compliance Directors (64 percent) who took the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,359 - $145,761
(Median)
$55K
$96K
$150K
MEDIAN: $95,905
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$13.09 - $57.62
(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
$55,359 - $145,761  
   
Bonus
$996 - $30,692  
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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$54,143 - $166,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 899
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
$996 - $30,692  
   
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).
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$54,143 - $166,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Compliance Directors sometimes move into a VP of Compliance role, where the salary is similar. It is not unusual for a Compliance Director to become a Chief Compliance Officer or a Compliance Officer.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Most people who know Regulatory Compliance also know Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Compliance Directors. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $95K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $116K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


Compliance Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Compliance Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+44 percent), Boston (+31 percent), and Dallas (+23 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Compliance Directors earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Houston and 14 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 174 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%
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