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
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$115k
Restaurant manager
2.7
$38k
Legal secretary
2.7
$36k
Paralegal
2.7
$43k
Lawyer
2.6
$120k
Security guard
2.6
$27k
Retail manager
2.6
$37k
Correctional officer
2.4
$42k

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?