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Compliance Manager Salary

The average Compliance Manager in the United States earns approximately $74K annually. Total cash compensation to Compliance Managers bottoms out near $44K and approaches $117K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $18K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most Compliance Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Compliance Managers (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,566 - $108,418
(Median)
$46K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,776
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$13.60 - $34.62
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$14
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,566 - $108,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,962  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $10,406  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,250  
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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$44,146 - $117,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.60 - $34.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,962  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,250  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $10,406  
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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$44,146 - $117,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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Job Description for Compliance Manager

Compliance managers work on a company's legal, management, and compliance issues. They make sure that their company is up to date with all the regulatory requirements. Their tasks include conducting audits, identifying issues, filing reports, consulting with attorneys, assisting employees, analyzing sales, investigating customer complaints, guiding and teaching fellow employees, overseeing compliance systems, and verifying policies. Compliance managers typically need to be strong leaders, as well as strong communicators. This job is communication-heavy and requires frequent verbal and written communication with others. It is also helpful to be persuasive and an excellent problem solver; compliance managers generally have to analyze data and explain results to - and potentially persuade - higher management or attorneys.

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Compliance Manager Tasks

  • Perform routine internal audits to ensure that business is operating in accordance with regulations.
  • Consult with company about processes, practices, and systems and areas of improvement.
  • Create, implement, administer, and enforce policies, procedures and laws required for a company to operate in accordance with the law and regulations.
  • Establish and update a compliance manual.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Manager


Compliance Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Internal Audit, Compliance, Trade Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Safety Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Legal Research also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Legal Compliance also know Project Management. Those familiar with Regulatory Compliance tend to be well versed in Risk Management / Risk Control, Project Management, and Compliance (Financial).

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Compliance Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. Compliance Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $86K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Compliance Managers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Compliance Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+46 percent), Washington (+31 percent), Boston (+29 percent), and Philadelphia (+20 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Cincinnati (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Compliance Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Manager?

Compliance Manager in Indiantown:
"Office condition, work flexibility, stress level medium."
Pros: I like my job, I enjoy that I do so many different things.
Cons: I don't get paid enough to be in charge of so many things.

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Experience Affects Compliance Manager Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Manager Salaries



Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 4%

Trade Compliance
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$75,000

Auditing
up arrow 1%

Policy Analysis
up arrow 1%


People Management
up arrow 20%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 340 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%