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Compliance Specialist Salary

Compliance Specialists in the United States take home an average $52K per year. Cash earnings for Compliance Specialists — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $76K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Compliance Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). Work is enjoyable for Compliance Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,851 - $76,489
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,671
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$12.83 - $24.89
(Median)
$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,851 - $76,489  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,219  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,953  
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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$32,430 - $75,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.83 - $24.89  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $38.01  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,219  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,953  
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).
)
$32,430 - $75,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397

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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 Compliance Specialists do not often become Chief Compliance Officers, the job pays $100K per year on average. Compliance Specialists typically move into roles as Compliance Officers or Compliance Managers, and those positions pay $3K more and $25K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Safety Compliance, Legal Research, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Auditing are similarly competent in Internal Audit and Legal Compliance. Those proficient in Regulatory Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Legal Compliance and Internal Audit.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Specialist

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


Compliance Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. Compliance Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Compliance Specialists, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Compliance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Pittsburgh (+26 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Nashville (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Compliance Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Specialist?

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.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Compliance Specialist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 11%


Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Internal Audit
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 1%

Auditing
0%

National Average
$49,000

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 315 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%
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