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Compliance Officer Salary Information

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Compliance Officer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,170
25th Percentile Wage
$50,290
50th Percentile Wage
$67,870
75th Percentile Wage
$89,210
90th Percentile Wage
$107,010

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 $107,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,170. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 180% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of compliance officers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$67,870
1.96% 8.62%
2016
$66,540
1.35% -
2015
$65,640
1.05% -
2014
$64,950
0.94% -
2013
$64,340
3.61% -
2012
$62,020
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Table 2. Compliance Officer Salary by Industry Sector

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 $90,070. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $45,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$90,070
Utilities
$85,530
Manufacturing
$73,990
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,640
Mining
$73,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$72,630
Transportation and Warehousing
$69,400
Finance and Insurance
$68,950
Wholesale Trade
$68,690
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$67,570
Construction
$65,880
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,880
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,840
Educational Services
$61,990
Retail Trade
$61,890
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$58,080
Accommodation and Food Services
$46,520
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$45,560

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Compliance Officers by States

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 $37,940 to $87,740. The highest paying state for compliance officers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $87,740. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $37,940. 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
$87,740
California
$80,830
Washington
$78,020
Connecticut
$77,830
Alaska
$77,610
New Jersey
$77,450
Massachusetts
$77,440
Texas
$74,580
Delaware
$74,190
Maryland
$73,530
New York
$72,160
Minnesota
$72,020
Virginia
$71,170
Vermont
$70,240
Illinois
$69,880
Rhode Island
$69,480
Michigan
$69,190
New Hampshire
$68,530
Virgin Islands
$68,290
Colorado
$68,030
Oregon
$67,480
Pennsylvania
$66,030
Hawaii
$65,750
Alabama
$65,520
Wyoming
$64,700
Maine
$64,520
North Carolina
$63,790
New Mexico
$63,210
Nevada
$62,810
Guam
$62,290
North Dakota
$62,210
Nebraska
$61,920
Iowa
$60,200
Ohio
$59,200
Missouri
$58,770
Arizona
$58,650
Wisconsin
$58,190
Florida
$57,360
Georgia
$57,110
Louisiana
$57,100
Indiana
$55,800
Montana
$55,040
Tennessee
$54,740
West Virginia
$54,740
South Dakota
$54,620
Kansas
$54,470
Utah
$53,960
South Carolina
$53,010
Kentucky
$52,660
Arkansas
$51,260
Idaho
$51,130
Oklahoma
$50,590
Mississippi
$50,300
Puerto Rico
$37,940



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