Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
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The Compensation Guide

The Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals benchmarks salary and benefits across a variety of factors, including industry, experience and certification.


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The Data


  • CFEs earn 34% more than their non-certified counterparts.
  • More than 38% of respondents were outside the U.S., the largest sampling in the history of the survey.
  • Over a full career, a CFE can make $600,000 more than a non-CFE.


  • A total of 5,124 completed and usable responses were received.
  • The ACFE has published a compensation guide every other year since 2004 to provide salary benchmarking figures for the anti-fraud profession.
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The CFE credential provides recognition of the commitment and determination to learn, understand and live by ACFE standards.

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Marcel Simonis, CFE, CIA, CPA
Global Director of Internal Audit
Magna International Europe GmbH

2020 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals