Vice President, Compliance Officer Salary

Compliance VPs earn around $111K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Boston, offering approximately $151K at the median. Compliance VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+5 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,775 - $173,774
MEDIAN: $110,613

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$62,775 - $173,774  
$1,028 - $40,852  
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$1,957 - $33,096  
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$64,397 - $197,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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Job Description for Vice President, Compliance Officer

A vice president (compliance officer) is ultimately responsible for a company's corporate compliance program. They are tasked with maintaining an independent body within the company that helps determine if the company is in compliance with laws, regulations, and company bylaws. The vice president of compliance must determine if the company's board of directors and executives are fulfilling their required duties. They also lead efforts to determine if the behavior and decisions of the board and executives fulfill the fiduciary duties owed to the company. If the vice president of compliance and the corporate compliance team determine that a duty was breached by a board member or executive, then the vice president of compliance takes the necessary corrective actions. If the issue can be easily solved, then the vice president of compliance presents a report to the governing body of the company so that corrective action can be taken. If it cannot, then the vice president of compliance works out a legal strategy for the company to minimize loss and risk.


Vice President, Compliance Officer Tasks

  • Inform all levels of organization about current and future compliance.
  • Keep all policies up to date with current legislation and environment.
  • Oversee organization to ensure laws, regulations, and internal policies are met.
  • Review and verify accuracy of all compliance documentation.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vice President, Compliance Officer

The smallest paychecks can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) — the median salary there is $130K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $99K and $193K.

Popular Skills for Vice President, Compliance Officer

Compliance VPs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Anti-Money Laundering, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Legal Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President, Compliance Officer

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

New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $108K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Compliance VPs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $131K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $123K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,155

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Experience Affects Vice President, Compliance Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President, Compliance Officer Salaries

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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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 86 votes.


54 %
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%