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35. Compliance Officer

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Compliance Officer
Median pay: $68,000
Top pay: $114,000
10-year job growth: 27.0%
Total jobs*: 29,300
What they do all day? Compliance officers keep a company and its employees on a fair, safe, ethical track. They make sure products and procedures stick to company, state and federal regulations. And if they think something is amiss, they'll conduct audits or investigations to ensure rules are being followed. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Note: Data excludes those who work in agriculture, construction, health and safety or transportation.

Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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