Compliance Manager Salary (United States)

Salaries for Compliance Managers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $73,565 per year. Pay starts at $42,951 and can approach $115,156 per year on the higher side. With some bonuses approaching $17,377 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $10,155, overall incomes in the Compliance Managers from $44,769 to $106,085 depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Female Compliance Managers are more common than men; more than half (61 percent) of Compliance Managers are women. Job satisfaction for Compliance Managers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$42,951 - $115,156  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
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Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $34.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
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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  
PayScale
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 salaries climb a decent $26K), this progression is not the norm. Compliance Managers go on to become Compliance Directors more often than anything else, where paychecks are higher by $23K. Compliance Managers will find lower salaries (-$16,744) when they move into a Compliance Officer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Manager

Compliance Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Internal Audit, Compliance (Financial), 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Legal Research, and Auditing. Those proficient in Legal Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Manager

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Compliance Managers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $59K starting out, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $82K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Compliance Managers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $84K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one 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 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$74,000
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For Compliance Managers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, where Compliance Managers typically earn around 42 percent, 38 percent, 31 percent, and 22 percent more than usual. Compliance Managers in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around -21 percent in San Diego and -16 percent in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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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%
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