Sr. Compliance Officer Salary

Senior Compliance Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $80K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Compliance Officers varies from around $51K to approximately $132K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $15K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Senior Compliance Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,859 - $120,848

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National Salary Data (?
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$51,859 - $120,848  
$575 - $20,557  
Profit Sharing
$479.20 - $14,609  
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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).
$51,265 - $132,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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Job Description for Sr. Compliance Officer

A senior compliance officer is primarily responsible for the design and integration of their business’ merchandising, sourcing, and marketing framework. Knowledge of compliance and safety requirements is needed, as is the ability to develop strategies to respond to compliance risks. Another important responsibility of a senior compliance officer is to ensure the company is meeting all regulatory requirements for products and business reporting. They also assist others in working with department managers in developing and/or implementing plans of action to guarantee compliance.


Sr. Compliance Officer Tasks

  • Oversee and monitor the implementation of the compliance program.
  • Respond to compliance offenses, develop corrective action, and establish time frames for company to implement changes.
  • Inspect business to ensure standards, regulations and laws are followed by employees and management and provide issue reports to management.
  • May establish a compliance committee.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Compliance Officer

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While not commonly seen, Senior Compliance Officers who transition into a VP of Compliance position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Compliance VPs is $102K per year. Becoming a Chief Compliance Officer is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Compliance Officers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $101K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Compliance Officers to assume a Compliance Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $74K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Compliance Officer

With a median salary of $75K, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) provides Senior Compliance Officers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $97K, limiting employee salary growth.

Senior Compliance Officers usually report a few specific skills. Regulatory Compliance and Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Compliance Officer

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

For Senior Compliance Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $88K. Senior Compliance Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Compliance Officers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Senior Compliance Officers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent) and New York (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Compliance Officer's salary, with San Antonio Senior Compliance Officers earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Charlotte (21 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Compliance Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Sr. Compliance Officer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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National Average

Compliance (Financial)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.


55 %
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%