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Director, Compensation & Benefits Salary (United States)

Directors of Compensation & Benefits enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($125K) annually in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Job satisfaction for Directors of Compensation & Benefits is high. Women make up a slight majority of Directors of Compensation & Benefits (58 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Director, Compensation & Benefits Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$80,884 - $154,548
MEDIAN: $113,471
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$80,884 - $154,548  
$1,927 - $33,313  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $5,100  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$83,808 - $184,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Job skills reported by Directors of Compensation & Benefits are limited. Human Resources Information System and Benefits & Compensation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay Difference By Location

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Directors of Compensation & Benefits will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Director, Compensation & Benefits Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Compensation & Benefits Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.


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Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 3%