Director, Compensation Salary

Earnings for Directors of Compensation in the United States come in at around $117K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Compensation. Women make up a slight majority of Directors of Compensation (56 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.

$79,467 - $153,059
MEDIAN: $116,703

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$79,611 - $175,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Job Description for Director, Compensation

  • Direct staff engaged in the compensation department’s programs; job evaluation, salary, and incentive programs.
  • Develop and evaluate compensation programs, procedures and practices to ensure alignment with organizational goals and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.

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Pay by Experience Level for Director, Compensation

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

Inexperienced workers earn around $100K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $118K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $134K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $132K.

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Experience Affects Director, Compensation Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Compensation Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 2%