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Compliance Director Salary (United States)

Compliance Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $166K per year, typical earnings come to $95K per year. Cash earnings for Compliance Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $53K to approximately $166K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Compliance Directors (63 percent) are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
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  
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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Compliance Directors who took the survey. 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.
Compliance Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $94K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $116K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $118K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Compliance Directors typically report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job, with those with one to 10 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$100,000
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Eastern cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia are lucrative areas for Compliance Directors, where pay is higher than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Employers in Atlanta and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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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National Average
$100,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 188 votes.

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%