Director, Compensation Salary

Earnings for Directors of Compensation in the United States come in at around $117K per year on average. Women Directors of Compensation who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Compensation. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$83,940 - $152,139

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$83,940 - $152,139  
$5,068 - $33,950  
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$85,407 - $173,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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.

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $99K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $118K. Directors of Compensation see a median salary of $134K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Directors of Compensation who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $132K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


59 %
41 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 2%