Compliance Specialist Salary

An average Compliance Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $52K per year. Cash earnings for Compliance Specialists — including $8K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $76K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Compliance Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Compliance Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,201 - $76,742

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$12.99 - $24.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,201 - $76,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,727  
Profit Sharing
$199.11 - $4,946  
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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$32,617 - $75,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $37.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$199.11 - $4,946  
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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$32,617 - $75,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 410
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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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There are some Compliance Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Compliance Officers, where earnings are an average $100K annually. It is quite typical for Compliance Specialists to transition into roles as Compliance Officers or Compliance Managers, where reported median earnings are $3K and $25K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Specialist


Survey takers working as Compliance Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, HIPAA Compliance, Safety Compliance, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Regulatory Compliance also know Legal Compliance and Internal Audit. Most people experienced in Auditing also 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Compliance Specialists bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 (+44 percent), Pittsburgh (+28 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin.

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.

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Experience Affects Compliance Specialist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Compliance Specialist Salaries

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 8%

Human Resources
up arrow 8%


Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Internal Audit
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 1%

Auditing
0%

National Average
$49,000

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 307 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

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: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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