These Are The 10 States With The Highest Compliance Officer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do compliance officers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for compliance officers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for compliance officers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for compliance officers after this adjustment? That would be Compliance Officers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Washington
  3. Michigan
  4. Illinois
  5. Wyoming
  6. Virginia
  7. Alabama
  8. Delaware
  9. North Carolina
  10. Minnesota

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for compliance officers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $79340, so our index value would be:

$79,340 * (100 / 135.9) = $58,381

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for compliance officers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Compliance Officer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $80,672 $73,170 90.7
2 Washington $78,954 $83,060 105.2
3 Michigan $77,011 $68,540 89.0
4 Illinois $75,422 $71,350 94.6
5 Wyoming $74,640 $68,520 91.8
6 Virginia $73,700 $74,290 100.8
7 Alabama $73,574 $67,100 91.2
8 Delaware $72,968 $73,990 101.4
9 North Carolina $72,843 $68,400 93.9
10 Minnesota $72,450 $73,030 100.8
11 Nebraska $70,829 $64,880 91.6
12 Colorado $68,757 $71,370 103.8
13 Iowa $68,340 $62,190 91.0
14 Utah $67,849 $63,100 93.0
15 Tennessee $67,617 $60,450 89.4
16 Georgia $66,925 $61,170 91.4
17 Pennsylvania $66,459 $67,390 101.4
18 Missouri $66,161 $59,810 90.4
19 New Mexico $66,113 $63,800 96.5
20 Indiana $65,888 $58,970 89.5
21 New Jersey $65,512 $79,860 121.9
22 Louisiana $65,073 $61,690 94.8
23 Connecticut $64,690 $82,610 127.7
24 Ohio $64,456 $60,460 93.8
25 Kansas $64,393 $57,890 89.9
26 Idaho $63,561 $58,540 92.1
27 Wisconsin $63,150 $61,130 96.8
28 Nevada $62,962 $65,040 103.3
29 Oklahoma $62,948 $56,150 89.2
30 Mississippi $62,642 $53,810 85.9
31 Florida $62,288 $61,230 98.3
32 Massachusetts $62,241 $83,030 133.4
33 Kentucky $62,044 $56,150 90.5
34 North Dakota $61,810 $61,440 99.4
35 Rhode Island $61,027 $73,660 120.7
36 Arkansas $60,665 $52,840 87.1
37 Montana $59,285 $59,760 100.8
38 Maryland $58,828 $73,830 125.5
39 New York $58,725 $76,930 131.0
40 California $58,381 $79,340 135.9
41 South Carolina $57,872 $57,410 99.2
42 Oregon $57,491 $66,460 115.6
43 West Virginia $57,387 $53,600 93.4
44 Maine $57,373 $63,570 110.8
45 Alaska $57,284 $75,100 131.1
46 New Hampshire $56,760 $66,410 117.0
47 Vermont $54,450 $65,940 121.1
48 South Dakota $53,336 $55,310 103.7
49 Hawaii $40,000 $67,160 167.9

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