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Compliance Officer Salary

Compliance Officers in the United States take home an average $61K annually. Cash earnings for Compliance Officers — including $13K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $35K to $103K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Compliance Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$38,250 - $99,986
(Median)
$38K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,579
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90%

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$12.22 - $30.34
(Median)
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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
$38,250 - $99,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,098  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $10,017  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$34,559 - $102,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,875
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$13.30 - $37.54  
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 - $13,098  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $10,017  
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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$34,559 - $102,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285

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Job Description for Compliance Officer

A company's compliance officer generally is in charge of supervising and handling issues related to compliance with laws or regulations, including making sure that the company is up to date with its licensing requirements. Often, they must report their findings to the organization's governing body and recommend any needed changes. This job is particularly essential in heavily regulated industries such as health care and financial services.

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Compliance Officer Tasks

  • Conduct or direct the internal investigation of compliance issues.
  • Oversee and monitor activities for compliance with company, state and federal regulations.
  • Assess product, compliance, or operational risks and develop risk management strategies.
  • Conduct periodic internal reviews or audits to ensure that compliance procedures are followed.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Officer


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Many Compliance Officers move into a Chief Compliance Officer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $100K per year. It is quite typical for Compliance Officers to transition into roles as Senior Compliance Officers or Compliance VPs, where reported median earnings are $14K and $41K higher per year.

Compliance Officer (but not Agriculture, Construction, Health / Safety, or Transportation) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Compliance Officer


Citibank offers the largest salaries in town — $117K on average.

79 percent less than the top paying company, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers a median salary of just $66K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Compliance Officer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Anti-Money Laundering, Legal Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Account Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Legal Compliance also know Compliance (Financial).

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Officer

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


For Compliance Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. Compliance Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Compliance Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Compliance Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+43 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), Boston (+30 percent), and Seattle (+27 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Houston (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Compliance Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Officer?

Compliance Officer in Rockford:
"Flexible Work."
Pros: Opportunity to learn and share what I have learned.
Cons: Lack of guidance.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Compliance Officer Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Officer Salaries






Project Management
up arrow 3%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 1%

Auditing
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National Average
$59,000

Internal Audit
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HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 9%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 22%

Account Management
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 402 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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