The salary statistics of compliance officers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of compliance officers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The compliance officers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for compliance officers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) compliance officers is $105,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $66,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,630. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 179% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of compliance officers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of compliance officers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for compliance officers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $92,640. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $45,200).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only compliance officers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of compliance officers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,830 to $86,440. The highest paying state for compliance officers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $86,440. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $36,830. For more salary information of compliance officers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |