Compliance Specialist Salary

Compliance Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $52K per year. Overall cash earnings for Compliance Specialists stretch from $33K on the lower end to $76K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Compliance Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Compliance Specialists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,337 - $76,851
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$36K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,891
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$13.22 - $24.94
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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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Though some Compliance Specialists move into positions like Chief Compliance Officer (where the average salary is $101K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Compliance Specialist often leads to becoming a Compliance Manager or a Compliance Officer; median salaries in these positions are $25K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Specialist


Compliance Specialists seem to exploit a large range of 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. Those familiar with Auditing also tend to know Internal Audit and Legal Compliance. Skill sets containing Regulatory Compliance also tend to include 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.


For many Compliance Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Compliance Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Compliance Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,025

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

For Compliance Specialists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Compliance Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+32 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Pittsburgh (+24 percent), and Portland (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

Compliance Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Compliance Specialist?

Compliance Specialist in Minneapolis:
"Go getter."
Pros: Work culture and flexibility. So much to room to grow. Learning and development is highly encouraged.
Cons: Rewards. I think I should earn more. Given my level of education and skills.

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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