Compliance Officer Salary

For Compliance Officers, yearly average wages total $61K annually. In the world of Compliance Officers, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $103K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Compliance Officers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Most Compliance Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,061 - $99,950
(Median)
$38K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,666
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$12.18 - $30.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,061 - $99,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,855  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $10,119  
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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$34,447 - $102,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,819
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $30.28  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $37.44  
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 - $13,855  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $10,119  
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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$34,447 - $102,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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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Compliance Officers who move on to become Chief Compliance Officers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Chief Compliance Officers get paid an average of $101K per year. When Compliance Officers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Compliance Officers or Compliance VPs. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $40K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Compliance Officer


Those at Citibank can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $117K.

Earnings fall especially short at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary of $65K is the lowest in the field, 80 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Compliance Officer


Compliance Officers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Anti-Money Laundering, HIPAA Compliance, Legal Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 20 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.


Compliance Officers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. On average, Compliance Officers make $70K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Compliance Officers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Compliance Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+43 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), Boston (+30 percent), and Chicago (+27 percent). In Miami, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (7 percent lower) and Columbus (5 percent lower).

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.

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Experience Affects Compliance Officer Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Officer Salaries


HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 17%





Project Management
up arrow 3%

Compliance (Financial)
0%

Auditing
0%

National Average
$59,000

Internal Audit
up arrow 4%

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
63 %
Male
37 %

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%