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According to the BLS, the median annual salary for compliance officers was $62,020 in 2012, but there can be wide differences in wages depending on a job's educational, scientific and work-experience requirements. The best-paid 10 percent in the field earned $97,760 in 2012, while the lowest-paid made $35,730. Department stores, oil and gas extraction companies and monetary authorities pay the highest salaries. The top-paid compliance officers work in the metropolitan areas of Bridgeport, Conn., Framingham, Mass., and Brunswick, Ga.

Job Salary Year
2004 $47,100.00
2006 $46,450.00
2008 $48,930.00
2010 $62,140.00
2012 $64,960.00

Average Compliance Officer Pay vs. All Business Jobs

Compliance officers earned an average salary of $64,960 in 2012, which is similar to that of a sales representative ($64,300). But compliance officers’ average annual salary trails that of market research analysts ($67,380), loan officers ($70,350), accountants ($71,040), logisticians ($75,670) and management analysts ($88,070).

Job Name Salary
Management Analyst $78,600.00
Logistician $72,780.00
Accountant $63,550.00
Compliance Officer $62,020.00
Market Research Analyst $60,300.00
Loan Officer $59,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Compliance Officers

The highest paid in the compliance officer profession work in the metropolitan areas of Stamford and Bridgeport, Conn., Framingham, Mass., and Brunswick, Ga. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of Oakland, Calif.

Stamford and Bridgeport, Conn.

Average Salary: $93,020 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a compliance officer working in Stamford and Bridgeport, Conn. is $93,020, which is $31,000 more than the average pay in the profession.

Framingham, Mass.

Average Salary: $90,890 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a compliance officer working in Framingham, Mass. is $90,890, which is $28,870 more than the average pay in the profession.

Brunswick, Ga.

Average Salary: $89,750 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a compliance officer working in Brunswick, Ga. is $89,750, which is $27,730 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $84,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a compliance officer working in San Francisco is $84,060, which is $22,040 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $83,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a compliance officer working in Oakland, Calif. is $83,680, which is $21,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

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