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Compliance Manager Salary (United States)

Earnings for Compliance Managers in the United States come in at around $73K annually on average. Total incomes of Compliance Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $18K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $43K and $117K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the majority of Compliance Managers (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Compliance Manager Salary (?
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$44,905 - $108,375
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Compliance Manager Salary (?
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$13.54 - $34.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,905 - $108,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,506  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $10,256  
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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$43,296 - $116,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,456
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$13.54 - $34.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,506  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $10,256  
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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$43,296 - $116,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Manager

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Though some Compliance Managers move into positions like Chief Compliance Officer (where the average salary is $100K), this progression is not the norm. The most common promotion for Compliance Managers is Compliance Director, a position that typically pays $96K annually. Another standard transition for Compliance Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Compliance Officer role, where pay is often $57K.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Manager

Survey results imply that Compliance Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Internal Audit, Compliance, Trade Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Legal Research. Most people familiar with Legal Compliance also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Compliance Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. Compliance Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $85K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$74,000
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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 Boston (+42 percent), San Francisco (+39 percent), Washington (+38 percent), and Philadelphia (+23 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Compliance Manager's salary, with Miami Compliance Managers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Salt Lake City and San Diego (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Compliance Manager Salaries

National Average
$74,000

Skills That Affect Compliance Manager Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Trade Compliance
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Legal Compliance
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Project Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Data Analysis
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Policy Analysis
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National Average
$74,000
Auditing
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Legal Research
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%