These Are The 10 Best States For Compliance Officers

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Compliance Officers to open up shop.

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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:

  1. Washington
  2. Texas
  3. Nebraska
  4. Delaware
  5. Virginia
  6. Wyoming
  7. Illinois
  8. Michigan
  9. Colorado
  10. Minnesota

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:

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How we determined the best states to be a compliance officer

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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.

1. Washington

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,950
Average Annual Salary: $83,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,660
Average Experienced Salary: $136,080
Location Quotient: 1.33

2. Texas

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 23,760
Average Annual Salary: $73,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,950
Average Experienced Salary: $106,180
Location Quotient: 1.04

3. Nebraska

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,900
Average Annual Salary: $64,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,710
Average Experienced Salary: $95,710
Location Quotient: 1.54

4. Delaware

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 990
Average Annual Salary: $73,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,450
Average Experienced Salary: $119,250
Location Quotient: 1.15

5. Virginia

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,520
Average Annual Salary: $74,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,780
Average Experienced Salary: $114,290
Location Quotient: 1.03

6. Wyoming

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 400
Average Annual Salary: $68,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,410
Average Experienced Salary: $105,750
Location Quotient: 0.74

7. Illinois

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,200
Average Annual Salary: $71,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,720
Average Experienced Salary: $104,180
Location Quotient: 0.71

8. Michigan

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,640
Average Annual Salary: $68,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,380
Average Experienced Salary: $96,320
Location Quotient: 0.69

9. Colorado

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,080
Average Annual Salary: $71,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,060
Average Experienced Salary: $107,300
Location Quotient: 1.04

10. Minnesota

Best States For Compliance Officers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,870
Average Annual Salary: $73,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,670
Average Experienced Salary: $103,710
Location Quotient: 0.89

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Compliance Officer

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.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a compliance officer in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. South Carolina
  3. Maine

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For compliance officers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $83,060 $45,660 7,950
2 Texas $73,170 $39,950 23,760
3 Nebraska $64,880 $37,710 2,900
4 Delaware $73,990 $38,450 990
5 Virginia $74,290 $40,780 7,520
6 Wyoming $68,520 $42,410 400
7 Illinois $71,350 $39,720 8,200
8 Michigan $68,540 $38,380 5,640
9 Colorado $71,370 $41,060 5,080
10 Minnesota $73,030 $46,670 4,870
11 North Carolina $68,400 $36,440 6,390
12 New Jersey $79,860 $46,230 9,600
13 Alabama $67,100 $35,810 1,400
14 Utah $63,100 $34,500 2,550
15 Pennsylvania $67,390 $38,270 11,360
16 Louisiana $61,690 $33,190 4,460
17 Connecticut $82,610 $47,910 3,750
18 Iowa $62,190 $38,880 2,010
19 Oklahoma $56,150 $29,000 3,880
20 Georgia $61,170 $30,790 7,980
21 Missouri $59,810 $34,100 4,760
22 Kansas $57,890 $33,070 2,800
23 Tennessee $60,450 $29,400 5,010
24 New Mexico $63,800 $33,650 1,480
25 Wisconsin $61,130 $39,140 3,840
26 Massachusetts $83,030 $48,120 7,070
27 Indiana $58,970 $32,230 3,770
28 Mississippi $53,810 $22,840 2,250
29 Ohio $60,460 $35,060 7,110
30 Nevada $65,040 $41,450 2,000
31 Idaho $58,540 $28,240 1,300
32 Montana $59,760 $37,510 930
33 Florida $61,230 $32,640 16,260
34 North Dakota $61,440 $32,100 1,110
35 New York $76,930 $43,710 21,130
36 Maryland $73,830 $40,270 6,750
37 Arkansas $52,840 $30,170 2,290
38 California $79,340 $46,020 34,290
39 South Dakota $55,310 $38,200 940
40 Rhode Island $73,660 $46,610 570
41 Alaska $75,100 $46,660 720
42 Vermont $65,940 $40,030 2,200
43 Kentucky $56,150 $32,620 2,410
44 Oregon $66,460 $42,780 2,790
45 New Hampshire $66,410 $39,190 1,250
46 West Virginia $53,600 $30,040 1,110
47 Maine $63,570 $38,860 1,030
48 South Carolina $57,410 $31,100 3,090
49 Hawaii $67,160 $41,430 1,240

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