Compliance Roles & Job Titles | ICA

There is considerable variation within and across pay scales for compliance and compliance related roles. Salaries tend to focus on the skill sets required for a role, rather than being defined by the job title. Therefore, no two compliance officer roles are likely to be established on the same pay scale. Other factors involved in the scaling of pay include, but not exclusively: whether the job is for a large organisation or an SME; in a capital city or outside a major city; whether it is directly for a financial services firm or for a related sector such as law. For example, a Compliance Manager salary may be higher in London, UK than in Manchester, UK due to economic differences.

Pay Scale (US$)



Job titles


Note that a recent salary of in excess of $3.5m was received by a senior global head of compliance within an international bank.

Strategic global/regional/national leadership and management with strategic oversight for compliance within the entire organisation building relationships with key international/regional bodies.

Significant decision-making capabilities, high-level judicial and analytical capabilities, ability to apply own ethical principles, highly effective communicator and negotiator, expert-level understanding of risk management, innovative forward-planning, ability to apply a deep and profound understanding of the sector and the industry to address compliance issues where they arise.

Director of Compliance, Global Head of Compliance, Regional Head of Compliance, senior Compliance Officer, MLRO, Head of Group Audit.


$150 - 300,000

Senior managerial and expert-specialist practitioners in senior leadership and influencing roles carrying out oversight of specific compliance function(s). Liaison with national regulators, FIU etc.

High-level strategic management and negotiation with board, senior officers and regulators. Judicial application of ethical principles to instil a compliance culture. Instigate major compliance programmes. Accurately endorse solutions. Powerful understanding of risks and methods to forecast events. Excellent communications skills. Strong leadership and team working capabilities.

Associate Director for Banking Compliance, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Compliance, Head of Compliance and Risk, Senior Compliance Officer, Deputy MLRO, Head of KYC Client on-boarding team.


$90 – 160,000


Managerial and specialist practitioners fulfilling both general and specific functions that include analysis of complex data, review of compliance issues, specific compliance projects.

Ability to apply specialist knowledge as part of risk management, lead major programmes taking a proactive approach anticipating events, ability to communicate effectively at all levels and negotiate with diplomacy, apply a strong teamwork ethic, excellent oral and written skills, highly developed analytical skills for both qualitative and quantitative data as they relate to products and services.

Senior/Compliance Manager, Business Compliance Project Manager, Risk and Regulatory Compliance Manager, AML Policy Advisory Analyst, Compliance Associate, Compliance/AML Training Consultant, Fraud Investigator. 

$50 – 120,000

Evaluation and analysis of client data, transaction data etc.
Administration of compliance monitoring and compliance on-boarding functions including KYC and CDD. More junior roles will carry out routine, familiar and predictable work.

Ability to work without supervision and to lead projects following tight deadlines, managing staff and developing a good teamwork ethic, reporting and presenting assessments and evaluations of project data in a variety of formats, communicating orally and in writing in a clear, succinct and lucid fashion, showing a solid understanding of compliance and risk management issues relating to product and service within a firm.

Compliance Officer, Compliance Assistant, Assistant (Risk and Compliance), Compliance Monitoring Administrator, Client on-boarding Administrator, Compliance Administrator.

Up to $60,000*




*For exceptional individuals


Entry level roles involving the administration of compliance processes carrying out routine, familiar and predictable work.


Ability to develop knowledge and understanding of compliance and risk management matters relating to products and services. Demonstrate an ability to acquire skills needed to perform compliance roles at a higher level, such as independent and team working, engagement with ethical concerns and so forth.

Trainee Compliance audit Assistant, Trainee Cash Management Analyst, Junior Compliance Administrator, PPI Complaints/ Compliance Administrator.