Compliance Director Salary

Wages for Compliance Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Final cash compensation to Compliance Directors varies from around $55K to approximately $181K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $32K and $21K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Compliance Directors is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women account for the majority of Compliance Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,593 - $155,291
$57K
$98K
$160K
MEDIAN: $97,817
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$15.21 - $50.68
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$0$176K
Salary $56,593 - $155,291
Bonus $1,231 - $33,636
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,781
Commission $3,300
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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$54,744 - $176,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,419
Hourly Data $0$112
Hourly Rate $15.21 - $50.68
Overtime $9.75 - $113
Annual Data $0$176K
Bonus $1,231 - $33,636
Commission $3,300
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,781
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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$54,744 - $176,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 37

Job Description for Compliance Director

Compliance directors are responsible for ensuring that corporations or agencies conform to all rules, regulations, and laws relevant to their functions. For example, compliance directors at medical insurance companies analyze policies and practices to guarantee they adhere to state and federal Medicare and Medicaid standards and to state and federal laws related to treatment and patient care. In the banking industry, compliance directors analyze investments and policies to ensure their legal and regulatory status is in proper order, and they offer risk assessments of possible legal and regulatory issues that may arise in the future. If a violation does occur, compliance directors are responsible for managing and correcting the problem as well as instituting policy to eliminate the lapse in regulatory compliance.

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Compliance Director Tasks

  • Research new and existing laws, regulations, policies, and industry standards and identify existing and emerging business practice issues and risks of company.
  • Propose solutions relating to compliance requirements that impact the company's products and business.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of internal control and identify inefficient business processes that hinder compliance.
  • Lead team responsible for regulatory compliance.

Common Career Paths for Compliance Director


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Compliance Directors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like VP of Compliance. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Compliance Director


Compliance Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Anti-Money Laundering and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Those listing Auditing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Safety Compliance and Compliance also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Regulatory Compliance also know Legal Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Compliance Director

Pay by Experience for a Compliance Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Compliance Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Compliance Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 253 salaries. An experienced Compliance Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 336 salaries. A Compliance Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $129,000 based on 168 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,531

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

Surpassing the national average by 58 percent, Compliance Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Compliance Directors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+40 percent), Philadelphia (+39 percent), Chicago (+35 percent), and New York (+28 percent). Compliance Directors in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (20 percent lower) and Portland (15 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Compliance Director?

Compliance Director in Sacramento:
"Busy Learning."
Pros: Ability to learn.
Cons: Future unknown.

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Key Stats for Compliance Director

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Compliance Director Salaries

▲28%

▲15%

National Average
$101,000

▼2%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Compliance Director Salaries

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
▲35%

Project Management
▲34%




National Average
$101,000

Contract Management
▼1%




Compliance (Financial)
▼10%

Safety Compliance
▼21%

Auditing
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 9%