• Letter from the President and CEO

    As an anti-fraud professional, how does your level of compensation compare with that of your peers? Are you armed with the information you need to ensure your career is moving in the right direction?

    The statistics presented in this 2013/2014 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals represent an ongoing effort to gather the data needed to help you answer these and other important questions. Collected and analyzed by an independent research group, the results provide benchmarks specific to the anti-fraud profession regarding salary, benefits and other compensation — weighed against factors such as industry, job role, professional credentials, experience, geographic location and other qualifiers.

    It has been two years since the last Compensation Guide, and since that time, the anti-fraud profession has continued to evolve. Fraud is clearly a global problem, and fraud fighters are in demand by organizations worldwide. In this latest study, international participation increased from 20 percent to nearly 27 percent. This is likely a reflection of the increasing number of fraud fighters filling the global ranks of the anti-fraud profession.

    Once again, the data shows that being recognized as an expert in the field increasingly correlates to a significantly higher level of compensation. The study finds that individuals with the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential earn 25 percent more than their non-certified peers. This marks an increase from the 22 percent premium reported just two years ago. An equally eye-opening statistic: Of the individuals who identified their level of responsibility as Executive (C-Level), nearly 80 percent have the CFE credential.

    I am pleased to introduce something new with this year’s Compensation Guide: an online salary calculator that allows you to compare your compensation to peers in industry, job function and level of responsibility. This feature has been added as part of our effort to make it easy for you to know where you stand in relation to your colleagues in the profession and give you information you can use when negotiating with supervisors or potential employers.

    I hope you find the information in this Compensation Guide as interesting and enlightening as I do. Most importantly, thank you to all who submitted data for this study — this guide would not have been possible without you.



    James D. Ratley, CFE
    President and CEO



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