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Director, Compensation & Benefits Salary

Directors of Compensation & Benefits receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $120K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Compensation & Benefits, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Women Directors of Compensation & Benefits who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,770 - $155,847
MEDIAN: $119,931

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National Salary Data (?
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$79,770 - $155,847  
$1,462 - $32,580  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $5,189  
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).
$81,786 - $182,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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. Human Resources Information System and Benefits & Compensation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director, Compensation & Benefits Salaries



National Average

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Skills That Affect Director, Compensation & Benefits Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Benefits & Compensation
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


57 %
43 %

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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 6%