Compliance Officers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as compliance officers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since compliance officers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where compliance officers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for compliance officers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s compliance officers:
So there you have it — Compliance Officers is the best of the best when it comes to being a compliance officer.
How did Compliance Officers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for compliance officers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for compliance officers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well compliance officers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for compliance officers in California is $79,340 and the average salary in Illinois is $71,350, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for compliance officers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for compliance officers.
Total Jobs: 7,950
Average Annual Salary: $83,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,660
Average Experienced Salary: $136,080
Location Quotient: 1.33
Total Jobs: 23,760
Average Annual Salary: $73,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,950
Average Experienced Salary: $106,180
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 2,900
Average Annual Salary: $64,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,710
Average Experienced Salary: $95,710
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 990
Average Annual Salary: $73,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,450
Average Experienced Salary: $119,250
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 7,520
Average Annual Salary: $74,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,780
Average Experienced Salary: $114,290
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 400
Average Annual Salary: $68,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,410
Average Experienced Salary: $105,750
Location Quotient: 0.74
Total Jobs: 8,200
Average Annual Salary: $71,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,720
Average Experienced Salary: $104,180
Location Quotient: 0.71
Total Jobs: 5,640
Average Annual Salary: $68,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,380
Average Experienced Salary: $96,320
Location Quotient: 0.69
Total Jobs: 5,080
Average Annual Salary: $71,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,060
Average Experienced Salary: $107,300
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 4,870
Average Annual Salary: $73,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,670
Average Experienced Salary: $103,710
Location Quotient: 0.89
If you’re looking to start out your career as a compliance officer these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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