Director, Compensation & Benefits Salary

Directors of Compensation & Benefits enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($120K) annually in the United States. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women make up a slight majority of Directors of Compensation & Benefits (51 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Directors of Compensation & Benefits is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$75,875 - $159,042
MEDIAN: $119,965

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$75,875 - $159,042  
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$77,815 - $183,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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Job Description for Director, Compensation & Benefits

At larger companies and corporations, the director of compensation and benefits is a high-level executive position in human resources. This person is tasked with overseeing the fair wage structure offered to employees, all benefits and insurance, and the accurate compensation for any work-related injuries or accidents. The director is expected to set a wage scale that is competitive but also company-friendly, while assembling a benefits package that will help bring good, talented workers to the company.


Director, Compensation & Benefits Tasks

  • Monitor compensation and benefits expenditure budgets.
  • Plan, develop and evaluate compensation and benefits programs.
  • Direct staff engaged in the compensation and benefits department’s programs; job evaluation, salary, benefits and incentive programs.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional recordkeeping, reporting standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.

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Survey takers who work as Directors of Compensation & Benefits report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Human Resources Information System and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


51 %
49 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 6%