What does a Compliance Officer do?

Compliance Officers help organizations manage risks and avoid lawsuits by ensuring business operations are performed in compliance with state and federal laws. Compliance Officers are tasked with everything from developing company policies, creating metrics to help track compliance and performing compliance audits. They must also continue studying state and federal laws related to their industry and ensure that the company conducts business according to new regulations that arise.

Compliance Officers are typically required to hold a bachelor's degree in Law, Business Administration, or Finance. Employers may also require that they have a certificate in compliance or ethics. Above all, Compliance Officers are known for their attention to detail, their analytical thinking skills, and their ability to interpret complex policies and regulatory documents. These individuals must also possess excellent communication and collaboration skills.

What responsibilities are common for Compliance Officer jobs?
  • Mastermind compliance policies and protocols on behalf of the organization
  • Develop and implement a compliance program to ensure the organization operates in accordance with state and federal laws
  • Determine compliance metrics and establish a system for tracking them
  • Sign off on any marketing and advertising collateral to ensure it is compliance
  • Remain up to date on federal and state laws related to the organization and update policies accordingly
  • Perform compliance audits to determine whether establish protocols are being followed and where they can be improved
  • Maintain up to date written documentation and policies related to the organization's business activities
  • Create compliance resource library for staff members to reference when they have questions
What are the typical qualifications for Compliance Officer jobs?
  • 5+ years prior experience in risk management or compliance roles
  • Must have, or be willing to obtain, a compliance certification
  • Superior attention to detail in order to identify and correct risky practices
  • Must be a strong communicator and capable of expressing oneself clearly both speaking and in writing
  • Possess a collaborative personality and be open to suggestions from team members
  • Exemplify strong knowledge of industry protocols and best practices
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to accurately interpret complex documents and policies
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and able to meet deadlines
  • Should have a strong moral code and sense of ethics
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Compliance Officer make?

Confident
$88,215 /yr
Total Pay
$64,947
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$23,269
 /yr

Additional Pay

$88,215

 / yr
$42K$272K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Compliance Officer Career Path

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Compliance Officer
$88,215/yr
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Average Years of Experience

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21%
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14%
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15%
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Compliance Officer Insights

Read what Compliance Officer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SecuritasSecuritas
Flex Officer
Aug 23, 2021

“The base pay can be well depending on what you do but expanding and achieving higher positions is rare.”

GSKGSK
Global Regulatory Affairs Manager
Feb 22, 2021

“Development is important and I am grateful my line manager supported 100% on my career.”

Bank of IrelandBank of Ireland
Risk and Compliance Manager
Feb 26, 2021

“Excellent line manager who helps get the best out of the team and is very knowledgeable.”

Mill Creek Residential TrustMill Creek Residential Trust
Director of Compliance
Apr 19, 2021

“I work with a great team and boss that let's me dive in and get things done.”

HSBCHSBC
Assistant Vice President - Compliance
Mar 7, 2021

“Salary is below market rate and no clear direction is given on how to grow my career.”

Utah Valley UniversityUtah Valley University
Academic Policy Officer
May 19, 2022

“My supervisors support me in completing my responsibilities and they support me in both personal and professional development.”

The AAThe AA
Senior Compliance Officer/Investigator
Jun 28, 2021

“Some of the people you work with are great and it is great to work for such a well known brand.”

Beth Israel Lahey HealthBeth Israel Lahey Health
Compliance
Nov 5, 2021

“term career option for anyone who understands what it is like to work in a high”

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Compliance Officer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a compliance officer

The typical day of a compliance officer involves monitoring daily company activities to ensure that they comply with state and federal regulations. This monitoring involves constant contact with the company's department heads. Compliance officers must also keep track of applicable laws and any changes to those laws.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the role of compliance officer ranks #7 in the 'Best Business Jobs' category. Employee satisfaction comes from the many opportunities to advance in the field and the balance between work life and home life. Many compliance officers say that the best part of their job is the opportunity to learn something new every day.

Working as a compliance officer can also have its downsides. The position requires analyzing and implementing complex policies, which can lead to pushback from department heads. Making sure that all employees comply with industry regulations can be a challenge. However, many compliance officers find satisfaction in assisting their colleagues that makes the challenge well worth it.

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