Compliance Director Salary

With roughly three-fifths of Compliance Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $53K to $165K per year and averages out to $95K per year. Total incomes of Compliance Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $31K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $53K and $165K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Compliance Directors (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,770 - $145,288

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$13.00 - $55.00

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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
$54,770 - $145,288  
   
Bonus
$989 - $30,574  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $19,637  
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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$53,456 - $165,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 904
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $52.36  
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
$989 - $30,574  
   
Commission
$3,966 - $15,335  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $19,637  
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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$53,456 - $165,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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As Compliance Directors transition into upper-level roles like Compliance VPs, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Compliance VPs earn the same amount as Compliance Directors on average. The most common promotion for Compliance Directors is Chief Compliance Officer, a position that typically pays $100K annually. Another standard transition for Compliance Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Compliance Officer role, where pay is often $58K.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Internal Audit, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Auditing and Compliance, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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 $95K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $114K. Compliance Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Compliance Directors that is 53 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Compliance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+47 percent), New York (+45 percent), Boston (+33 percent), and Dallas (+21 percent). Compliance Directors in Indianapolis make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Houston and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries



National Average
$99,000



Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Internal Audit
up arrow 29%



Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$99,000

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Auditing
up arrow 26%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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