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Compliance Director Salary (United States)

With just below two-thirds of Compliance Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Compliance Directors is $95K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $165K per year near the higher end. In the world of Compliance Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $165K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $20K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Compliance Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women account for the majority of Compliance Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Compliance Director Salary (?
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$54,453 - $141,684
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MEDIAN: $94,934
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Compliance Director Salary (?
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$12.68 - $59.76
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,453 - $141,684  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $30,567  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,811  
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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$53,495 - $165,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 792
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.68 - $59.76  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $52.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,006 - $30,567  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,811  
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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$53,495 - $165,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 who go on to become Chief Compliance Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chief Compliance Officer, an upper-level role, pays $100K. Becoming a VP of Compliance or a Compliance Officer is often the next step for a Compliance Director.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director

Professional skills reported by Compliance Directors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Auditing, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Regulatory Compliance tend to be well versed 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $69K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $94K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $115K. 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 $117K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$99,000
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For Compliance Directors, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — New York, Philadelphia, and Boston — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Compliance Directors in the country. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries

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$99,000

Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Auditing
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$99,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%