Compensation Analyst Salary

Compensation Analysts in the United States take home approximately $59K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Compensation Analysts bottoms out near $44K and approaches $81K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Compensation Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Women account for the majority of Compensation Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,215 - $77,967
(Median)
$44K
$59K
$78K
MEDIAN: $58,558
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90%

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$17.72 - $36.09
(Median)
$18
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$44,215 - $77,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,841  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $9,822  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,846 - $80,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 812
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.72 - $36.09  
   
Overtime
$26.18 - $43.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,841  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $9,822  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,846 - $80,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Job Description for Compensation Analyst

Compensation analysts work with human resource and operations professionals to perform a series of functions that ensure the company offers competitive compensation levels to attract and retain talent. At its core, the compensation analyst administers the company's business unit-specific variable pay programs. The work is ongoing, since the compensation analyst is responsible for reviewing and updating existing pay programs and developing new pay programs. In this review process, the compensation analyst observes the pay process, takes note of any inefficiencies or areas in need of improvement, prepares improvement recommendations along with supporting evidence.

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Compensation Analyst Tasks

  • Assist in preparation of merit increase and incentive programs and budgeting.
  • Identify relevant market data and trends regarding executive compensation and present recommendations.
  • Review and monitor employee pay and recommend reviews if necessary.
  • Design and prepare ad hoc compensation and budget related reports for management.
  • Write job descriptions and maintain database of all job descriptions.

Common Career Paths for Compensation Analyst


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Compensation Analysts who go on to become Compensation Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Compensation Managers is $92K annually.

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Popular Skills for Compensation Analyst


Survey takers working as Compensation Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Benefits & Compensation, Data Analysis, and Human Resources Information System (HRIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Microsoft Access, and PeopleSoft. Most people familiar with Data Analysis also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Compensation Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Compensation Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. Compensation Analysts bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,326

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Compensation Analysts, 15 percent above the national average. Compensation Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Boston (+11 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Compensation Analysts earning much less — 31 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Compensation Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Compensation Analyst Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Data Analysis
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Benefits & Compensation
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
0%

National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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compensation
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Access
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PeopleSoft
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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