An average Compliance Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K annually. Total incomes of Compliance Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $17K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $36K and $108K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. There are more female Compliance Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,272 - $105,010
(Median)
$40K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,957
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$12.88 - $29.03
(Median)
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,272 - $105,010  
   
Bonus
$196.53 - $16,574  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,553  
Commission
$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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$35,944 - $107,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,578
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $29.03  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $41.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$196.53 - $16,574  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,553  
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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$35,944 - $107,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Compliance VPs. That role pays $103K per year on average. A common career progression for a Compliance Officer is to become a Chief Compliance Officer or a Senior Compliance Officer. Compared to Compliance Officers, the first group earns $40K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Compliance Officer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Compliance Officers include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Wells Fargo & Co., Citibank, Ameriprise Financial, Inc., and Citigroup, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Citibank — the median salary there is $97K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Citigroup, Inc., Deutsche Bank, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where earnings of $93K, $90K, or $75K are standard for Compliance Officers.

Employees at Wells Fargo & Co., Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank), and Wells Fargo Bank can also expect below-average earnings of $65K, $65K, and $73K.

Popular Skills for Compliance Officer


Compliance Officers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Legal Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Internal Audit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Safety Compliance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Training also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Compliance also know Legal Compliance and Auditing. Most people skilled in Regulatory Compliance are similarly competent in Auditing and Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Officer

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $55K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $65K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,110

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Compliance Officers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 65 percent greater than the national average. Compliance Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+48 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and Richmond (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Compliance Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Officer?

Compliance Officer in Oklahoma City:
"Compliance Officer/ wires."
Pros: I like that I am able to still work 40 hours a week and continue my education. I like the multitasking and responsibility given to me to make transactions go through.
Cons: Certain people are treated as higher up because of their level of education compared to others. Some of the different management within the organization is too lenient where it affects work getting done. There is also a lot of stress put onto you in my position. I may have 5 minutes to check an AML and check off people involved in the transaction with my signature all over the sheet. If something happens to go wrong (people involved in transaction are active criminals with money laundering/drug dealing) getting away with a transaction, my name is involved in the checking process which could get me into trouble.

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
$62,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Officer Salaries




Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 4%

Internal Audit
up arrow 4%

National Average
$62,000

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Bank Security Act Compliance
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 13%

Trade Compliance
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 25%

Training
up arrow 26%

Project Management
up arrow 36%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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