Compensation Manager Salary
Average pay for a Compensation Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $96K per year. Cash earnings for Compensation Managers — which occasionally include more than $22K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $65K to approximately $141K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Female Compensation Managers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Compensation Managers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$63,595 - $129,336|
|Bonus||$2,911 - $23,972|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $12,605|
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|$67,363 - $144,321|
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.Read More...
Those in this position plan and implement pay rates, benefits, and paid time-off programs, and may be responsible for organizing healthcare programs or 401(k) programs.
They are generally required to hold a Bachelor's degree in Business, Human Resources, or a related field, though many employers will prefer a Master's degree in Business Administration or Human Resources. Short-term experience in human resources or payroll, as well as some management training, is often needed. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required, as these managers work frequently with subordinates.
Compensation managers work with a company's human resources department to ensure effective compensation strategies are carried out. Those in this position must have superior knowledge of the annual job market and the compensation strategies of competing companies in order to attract top employees while maintaining profitability.
Compensation managers have their own offices and generally work indoors during normal week-day business hours. They may occasionally be required to work extended hours or nights and weekends. They answer directly to company executives and may oversee a team of employees, so leadership skills are highly beneficial. Above all, compensation managers must possess superior analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills in order to effectively implement attractive employee-compensation programs. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Compensation Manager Tasks
- Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Compensation Manager
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include compensation. Those familiar with Benefits & Compensation also tend to know Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
Pay by Experience Level for Compensation Manager
Pay by Experience for a Compensation Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Compensation Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Compensation Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Compensation Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 120 salaries. A Compensation Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 46 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Compensation Managers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Compensation Managers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Columbus (+14 percent), and Hartford (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Cleveland Compensation Managers have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Jacksonville and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.
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