RIMS 2019 COMPENSATION SURVEY: Risk Professionals Experience Slight Salary Dip in 2019

RIMS 2019 Compensation Survey is Now Available

January 16, 2020

NEW YORK (January 16, 2020) — Risk professionals at all levels and responsibilities in the United States experienced an average 1.7% base salary decrease in 2019 compared to 2017, while Canadian practitioners experienced an average 4.0% decrease in the same time, according to the RIMS 2019 Compensation Survey. The bi-annual survey is now available in the RIMStore at rims.org/resources/bookstore.  

The 93-page survey provides detailed compensation analysis by industry, location and position for virtually all risk professional positions. The survey also explores the impact of education, experience and demographical data on compensation, as well as benefits and additional cash compensation programs available to practitioners.

 Compared to the RIMS 2017 Compensation Survey, key findings include:

  • CRO salaries in the United States increased 4% to $198,900;
  • The pay gap between male and female risk professionals was 14% in 2019, whereas the gap was 17% in 2017;
  • 66% of risk management professionals in the US are over the age of 45; and 64% are in that age bracket in Canada.

“While overall compensation remained relatively stable, increases in pay for chief risk officers and directors responsible for Strategic Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management highlight the profession’s evolution,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “Organizations are realizing the importance and value of compensating high-level risk professionals who are prepared to contribute to the organizations’ strategy and growth. This benchmarking tool gives senior business leaders the insight to make informed decisions to develop sustainable risk management departments and capabilities.”  

The survey was conducted by email and disseminated to qualified RIMS professional members and non-members. It comprises data from 1,467 completed surveys submitted by full-time risk professionals and offers findings for seven different risk management job titles. The RIMS 2019 Compensation Survey incorporates data from 999 risk professionals in the United States and 196 in Canada.

The RIMS 2019 Compensation Survey is available to both members and nonmembers. To order a copy, visit rims.org/resources/bookstore. Survey contributors are entitled to a complimentary copy of the survey’s Executive Summary. The full survey is $30 for contributors; $250 for non-contributing members; and $500 for non-contributing non-members.

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or JSalter@rims.org

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit www.RIMS.org

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