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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Compliance Officer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,630
25th Percentile Wage
$49,160
50th Percentile Wage
$66,540
75th Percentile Wage
$86,620
90th Percentile Wage
$105,260

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of compliance officers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201666,5401.35%6.79%
201565,6401.05%-
201464,9500.94%-
201364,3403.61%-
201262,020--

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 $92,640. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $45,200).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$92,640
Utilities
$83,410
Manufacturing
$73,950
Mining
$73,850
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$71,890
Transportation and Warehousing
$69,340
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$68,410
Construction
$67,290
Wholesale Trade
$67,270
Finance and Insurance
$67,260
Federal, State, and Local Government
$64,360
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,210
Educational Services
$61,640
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$60,590
Retail Trade
$58,860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$57,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$51,400
Accommodation and Food Services
$45,200

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 $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
$86,440
Massachusetts
$78,710
Connecticut
$78,460
Washington
$78,190
California
$78,130
New Jersey
$76,720
Alaska
$73,740
Texas
$72,900
Maryland
$72,310
New York
$71,110
Minnesota
$70,550
Illinois
$69,310
Virginia
$69,210
New Hampshire
$69,010
Rhode Island
$67,510
Colorado
$67,360
Michigan
$66,810
Delaware
$66,640
Oregon
$64,820
Alabama
$64,430
Pennsylvania
$64,350
Vermont
$64,330
Hawaii
$64,040
North Carolina
$63,700
Wyoming
$63,580
Maine
$62,920
North Dakota
$62,120
Nevada
$61,420
Iowa
$59,880
Nebraska
$59,870
Guam
$59,720
New Mexico
$59,240
Louisiana
$57,810
Florida
$57,400
Arizona
$57,380
Georgia
$57,230
Wisconsin
$57,080
Missouri
$57,020
Ohio
$56,150
Utah
$55,730
Montana
$54,390
Kansas
$54,030
Tennessee
$54,030
Indiana
$53,960
Idaho
$53,410
Kentucky
$52,560
South Dakota
$52,390
South Carolina
$52,060
Virgin Islands
$51,850
Arkansas
$49,600
Oklahoma
$49,450
Mississippi
$49,360
West Virginia
$47,960
Puerto Rico
$36,830


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