Compliance Specialist Salary

Compliance Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $52K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Compliance Specialists bottoms out near $33K and approaches $76K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Female Compliance Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Compliance Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,337 - $76,851
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,891
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$13.22 - $24.94
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,337 - $76,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,960  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,939  
Commission
$2,400  
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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$33,017 - $75,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $24.94  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $38.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,960  
   
Commission
$2,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,939  
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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$33,017 - $75,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 507
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Job Description for Compliance Specialist

A compliance specialist reviews medical record findings to ensure their accuracy. They must have have an extensive knowledge of medical record documentation guidelines, as well as certifications in coding and compliance. Typically employers also require at least five years of experience working in settings that require coding and compliance.

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Compliance Specialist Tasks

  • Ensure relevant documents are in compliance with established guidelines and standards.
  • Responsible for the coordination and completion of all government, regulatory, and compliance documents for all business units in an organization.
  • Research, develop and recommend strategic advice to ensure companies align with all applicable laws and regulations.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Specialist


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While not commonly seen, Compliance Specialists who transition into a Chief Compliance Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Compliance Officers is $101K per year. A common career progression for a Compliance Specialist is to become a Compliance Manager or a Compliance Officer. Compared to Compliance Specialists, the first group earns $25K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Specialist


Compliance Specialists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Writing Procedures & Documentation, Insurance, and Human Resources are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 21 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. People who know Regulatory Compliance usually also know Legal Compliance and Internal Audit. Those familiar with Auditing also tend to know Internal Audit and Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Specialist

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


For Compliance Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. On average, Compliance Specialists make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Compliance Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,025

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

For those looking to make money, Compliance Specialists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Compliance Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+32 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Pittsburgh (+24 percent), and Portland (+22 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

Compliance Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Specialist?

Compliance Specialist in Hamel:
"Positive culture in a fast growing business."
Pros: The flexibility in reaching deadlines by using the best method possible.
Cons: Pay and micromanage.

Compliance Specialist in Manteca:
"Compliance Specialist."
Pros: Weekends off are nice. My office is quiet.
Cons: Way too much paperwork. If you get disorganized you fail.

Compliance Specialist in Austin:
"Potential Security Incidents - PHI/PII."
Pros: I like that I work with a select few who understand the psi process. Corporate culture, office conditions, management.
Cons: Routine, not much variety.

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Experience Affects Compliance Specialist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Specialist Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 25%

Insurance
up arrow 21%

Human Resources
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 9%


Legal Compliance
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Internal Audit
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$49,000

Auditing
up arrow 1%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 338 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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