Director, Compensation Salary

The average Director of Compensation in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $117K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Directors of Compensation report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$79,467 - $153,059
MEDIAN: $116,703

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$79,467 - $153,059  
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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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Directors of Compensation only report a few specific skills. Benefits & Compensation and Data Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Compensation

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

Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $100K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $118K. Directors of Compensation with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $134K. Directors of Compensation who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to 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%