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Compensation Manager Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Compensation Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $101K per year. Cash earnings for Compensation Managers — which occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $63K to approximately $137K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. There are more female Compensation Managers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$63,881 - $123,922
MEDIAN: $96,610

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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.
$63,881 - $123,922  
$1,983 - $20,773  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $8,726  
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).
$62,982 - $136,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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.

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Popular Skills for Compensation Manager

Compensation Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in compensation, Benefits & Compensation, Microsoft Excel, and Human Resources Information System (HRIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Data Analysis, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Benefits & Compensation and Microsoft Excel are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Compensation Manager

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

Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $101K. For Compensation Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $108K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $100K.

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Experience Affects Compensation Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Compensation Manager Salaries

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Microsoft Excel
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National Average

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


63 %
37 %

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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 5%