Director, Compensation Salary

Average Directors of Compensation in the United States make around $117K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Directors of Compensation is high. Women make up a slight majority of Directors of Compensation (57 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,519 - $151,335

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$80,685 - $172,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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.

Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $99K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $119K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $135K in this role. 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 $131K.

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Experience Affects Director, Compensation Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


57 %
43 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 2%