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Compliance Manager Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Compliance Managers in the United States typically comes in around $72K annually. In the world of Compliance Managers, overall income ranges from $43K near the bottom to $115K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Compliance Managers are more common than men; more than half (61 percent) of Compliance Managers are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Compliance Manager Salary (?
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$44,769 - $106,085
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MEDIAN: $72,399
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Compliance Manager Salary (?
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$13.49 - $34.23
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,769 - $106,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,377  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $10,155  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$42,951 - $115,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $34.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,377  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,500  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $10,155  
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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$42,951 - $115,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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. With an annual salary of $97K, Compliance Director is the most common role for Compliance Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Compliance Officer role — which usually pays $57K — is also typical for Compliance Managers, though less common by comparison.

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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 , Project Management, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management, Legal Research, and Auditing. For most people, competency in Legal Compliance indicates knowledge of 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $59K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $84K. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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National Average
$74,000
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For Compliance Managers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Compliance Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+42 percent), Washington (+38 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Compliance Manager's salary, with Miami Compliance Managers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers in San Diego and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Legal Compliance
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Data Analysis
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Policy Analysis
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Trade Compliance
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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 318 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
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%