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Career Profile: Compliance Officers

Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 348,700 people employed as compliance officers in the United States. The median annual salary is $71,100. Entry level employees earn approximately $40,160 per year and senior employees earn approximately $115,220 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Warn violators of infractions or penalties.
  • Evaluate applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues.
  • Advise licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing, permit, or passport regulations.
  • Prepare reports of activities, evaluations, recommendations, or decisions.
  • Report law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies.
  • Confer with or interview officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions.
  • Issue licenses to individuals meeting standards.
  • Collect fees for licenses.
  • Administer oral, written, road, or flight tests to license applicants.
  • Visit establishments to verify that valid licenses or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld.
  • Score tests and observe equipment operation and control to rate ability of applicants.
  • Prepare correspondence to inform concerned parties of licensing decisions or appeals processes.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
348,700
Annual Openings:
30,000
Increase in Openings by 2030:
6%
Annual Salary Range:
$40,160 - $115,220
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree