Amii Barnard-Bahn and Melanie Sponholz on Getting Paid What You’re Worth [Podcast]


By Adam Turteltaub

While many would say that you couldn’t pay them enough to take a job in compliance, managers often feel as if compliance officers are being paid too much. So how do you get what you deserve?

In this podcast, and at the 2023 SCCE Compliance & Ethics Institute, Amii Barnard-Bahn, Partner, Kaplan & Walker and Melanie Sponholz, Chief Compliance Officer, Waud Capital Partners, take on this touchy subject.

Before asking for more money, they advise doing your homework. Take the time to talk to peers and recruiters to see what the market rate is. Also, know your employer’s compensation system. Do they tend to pay at the top, bottom or middle of the range. You can also check the SCCE or HCCA compensation survey and sites like Glassdoor and Indeed.

When you do meet with your manager or leadership, go in knowing that this is a difficult conversation for them as well as for you. Do your best to keep things professional. Focus on why the increase in compensation is beneficial for them and not just for you. Spell out what contributions you have and will be making. Above all, be realistic and don’t go in angry.

Want to know more? Listen in to learn how to make the conversation successful, what to do if it isn’t, and how to ask for more compensation or a changed title when your role is expanded. And, don’t forget to attend their session at the 2023 Compliance & Ethics Institute.