Compensation Manager Salary

Compensation Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $97K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Compensation Managers can bottom out near $64K or peak near $137K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Compensation Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Compensation Managers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans.

$64,178 - $124,148
MEDIAN: $96,850

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$64,178 - $124,148  
$2,027 - $24,049  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,450  
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).
$63,743 - $136,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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Job Description for Compensation Manager

Compensation managers are responsible for ensuring the efficiency and quality of a company's payroll and employee-compensation programs. They work with all types of organizations, from corporations to small businesses, by developing and managing compensation and benefit programs for employees.


Compensation Manager Tasks

  • Manage the day to day operations of the compensation department’s programs; job evaluation, performance appraisal, salary administration and incentive programs.
  • Plan all compensation programs, procedures and practices to ensure consistency with organization's overall objectives and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.

Common Career Paths for Compensation Manager

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Compensation Managers who go on to become Compensation Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Compensation Manager, an upper-level role, pays $92K.

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Popular Skills for Compensation Manager

Survey results show that Compensation Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Benefits & Compensation, Human Resources Information System, Microsoft Excel, and compensation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Benefits & Compensation tend to be well versed in Human Resources Information System (HRIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Compensation Manager

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

The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $101K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Compensation Managers make a median salary of $108K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $103K.

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Experience Affects Compensation Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Compensation Manager Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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National Average

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.


64 %
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%