Wages for Senior Credit Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Senior Credit Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $111,763
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$72,112 - $177,063  
   
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$6,182 - $48,867  
Profit Sharing
$35,000  
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$71,012 - $208,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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Job Description for Senior Credit Officer

A senior credit officer, sometimes referred to as the chief credit officer, is a senior manager within a financial institution such as a bank or credit union. They handle a number of tasks, including creating procedures and policies for credit and loans, implementing a system of credit analysis and quality assurance for loans, and examining files for credit assurance and collateral documentation. Senior credit officers also prepare written analyses regarding large loans, identify problematic loans, provide quarterly analyses regarding loan and lease allowances and losses, and prepare board reports. As a supervisor, senior credit officers are required to have extensive knowledge of relevant mathematical concepts (primarily probability and statistics), as well as the ability to make effective presentations, interpret technical instructions, and ensure staff compliance with company policies. A senior credit officer also serves as a representative of their institution, often attending functions and events as part of their duties.

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Senior Credit Officer Tasks

  • Analyze financial information to determine credit quality, approve credit, and document risk factors.
  • Develop and document risk mitigation standards and processes.
  • Investigate and understand discrepancies, problems, and unusual situations.
  • Document and report on lending relationships' status and quality.
  • Direct due diligence and portfolio assessment practices, evaluating work.

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Popular Skills for Senior Credit Officer


Survey takers who work as Senior Credit Officers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Commercial Loans, Loan Underwriting, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Credit Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Financial Analysis. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Loan Underwriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Credit Officer

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


Senior Credit Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $85K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $100K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $120K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $161K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,186

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

Senior Credit Officers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 50 percent. Senior Credit Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Senior Credit Officer

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
045
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
46%
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Experience Affects Senior Credit Officer Salaries


National Average
$123,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Credit Officer Salaries

Commercial Loans
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Loan Underwriting
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National Average
$123,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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