Compensation for Compliance Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($98K). Cash earnings for Compliance Directors — including $33K in bonuses and $23K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $175K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Compliance Directors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Compliance Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,020 - $154,477
(Median)
$55K
$98K
$150K
MEDIAN: $98,147
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$16.19 - $54.63
(Median)
$16
$19
$55
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,020 - $154,477  
   
Bonus
$993 - $33,235  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $22,500  
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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$52,547 - $175,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.19 - $54.63  
   
Overtime
$28.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$993 - $33,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $22,500  
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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$52,547 - $175,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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

  • Evaluate the adequacy of internal control and identify inefficient business processes that hinder compliance.
  • 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.

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Compliance Directors' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like VP of Compliance. On average, Compliance VPs get paid about the same as Compliance Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Those listing Auditing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Internal Audit also typically command lower compensation. 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median 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 $116K. Compliance Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,896

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Compliance Directors, 54 percent higher than the national average. Compliance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+49 percent), Boston (+48 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Compliance Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Compliance Directors in Houston bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Indianapolis (26 percent lower and 18 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 33%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
0%

National Average
$101,000

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 1%

Contract Management
up arrow 1%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 1%


Internal Audit
up arrow 17%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 22%

Auditing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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