Compliance managers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, compliance managers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 10% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy compliance managers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Legal secretary
2.7
$36k
Account manager
2.7
$47k
Paralegal
2.7
$43k
Securities and commodities broker
2.7
$62k
Financial analyst
2.7
$80k
Compliance manager
2.7
$107k
Financial advisor
2.7
$81k
Cost estimator
2.7
$59k
Revenue agent
2.7
$54k
Investment banker
2.7
$70k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are compliance managers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do compliance managers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as compliance managers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are compliance manager’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are compliance managers making the best use of their abilities?

Are compliance managers happy with their salary?