Compliance Director Salary

Average pay for Compliance Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($97K). Cash earnings for Compliance Directors — including $35K in bonuses and $21K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $169K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. More than half of Compliance Directors (65 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Compliance Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,816 - $147,372
(Median)
$56K
$97K
$150K
MEDIAN: $96,728
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$15.03 - $51.52
(Median)
$15
$21
$52
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,816 - $147,372  
   
Bonus
$998 - $34,519  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $20,781  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$52,991 - $169,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,031
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $48.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$998 - $34,519  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $20,781  
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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$52,991 - $169,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like VP of Compliance. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Becoming a Chief Compliance Officer or a Compliance Officer is a common transition from a Compliance Director role.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Survey results show that Compliance Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Auditing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Compliance and Internal Audit also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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.


Compliance Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $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 $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,534

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Compliance Directors, 50 percent higher than the national average. Compliance Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+46 percent), Philadelphia (+42 percent), Boston (+34 percent), and Denver (+22 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Indianapolis and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 4%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$101,000

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Internal Audit
up arrow 8%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 24%

Auditing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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