Compensation Analyst Salary (United States)

With just under two-thirds of Compensation Analysts reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $57,166 annually. Pay begins at $41,535 on the low end and climbs to $77,559 per year near the top. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Female Compensation Analysts are more prevalent than men—65 percent of professionals in this field are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Compensation Analysts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Compensation Analyst Salary (?
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$41,977 - $76,000
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MEDIAN: $57,049
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Compensation Analyst Salary (?
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$15.26 - $36.14
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,977 - $76,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,961  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $10,101  
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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$41,535 - $77,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $36.14  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $42.09  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,961  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $10,101  
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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$41,535 - $77,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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.

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Popular Skills for Compensation Analyst

Compensation Analysts generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Data Analysis and Benefits & Compensation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Microsoft Access, and PeopleSoft. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Compensation Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Compensation Analysts do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $55K starting out, which grows to $64K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $68K. Though minimal, Compensation Analysts continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Compensation Analysts, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Boston, San Francisco, New York, and Austin are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Compensation Analysts earning around 25 percent, 22 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent more than average. Place of residency plays a huge part in a Compensation Analyst's salary, with San Antonio Compensation Analysts earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Birmingham (-23 percent) and Cincinnati (-12 percent).

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Experience Affects Compensation Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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$57,000

Skills That Affect Compensation Analyst Salaries

Benefits & Compensation
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%