Vice President, Compliance Officer Salary

Wages for Compliance VPs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Total cash compensation to Compliance VPs bottoms out near $64K and approaches $202K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $46K from bonuses and almost $32K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Compliance VPs (54 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$62,881 - $175,293
MEDIAN: $110,812

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$62,881 - $175,293  
$1,464 - $45,615  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $32,143  
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).
$64,491 - $201,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 517
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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

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $130K) but some workers make up to $193K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for

Survey results suggest that Compliance VPs put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Legal Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $103K per year. On average, Compliance VPs make $134K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $122K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

For Compliance VPs, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Compliance VPs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
up arrow 16%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 15%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.


54 %
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%