Manager, Compensation Salary

Average pay for a Compensation Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $106K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and nearly all have vision insurance. Most Compensation Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Compensation Managers (56 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$78,083 - $128,530
$78K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,035
10%
50%
90%

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$29.15 - $45.13
$39
MEDIAN: $38.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,083 - $128,530  
   
Bonus
$1,957 - $20,333  
Profit Sharing
$8,640  
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).
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$76,060 - $146,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.94  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,957 - $20,333  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,640  
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).
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$76,060 - $146,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Manager, Compensation

Compensation managers are responsible for overseeing several employees within their companies to ensure that all goals and tasks set by upper-management are met within the appropriate deadlines. Communication with both upper-management and other employees in the company is essential in this position, and these managers must also have strong interpersonal skills and general knowledge of office software, emails, and multi-line telephone systems.

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Manager, Compensation Tasks

  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
  • Manage the day to day operations of the compensation department's programs; job evaluation, performance appraisal, salary administration and incentive programs.
  • Plan all compensation programs, procedures and practices to ensure consistency with organizations overall objectives and are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and laws.

Common Career Paths for Manager, Compensation


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Many Compensation Managers move into a Director of Compensation role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Compensation on average bring in a similar salary to Compensation Managers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manager, Compensation

Pay by Experience for a Manager, Compensation has a positive trend. An entry-level Manager, Compensation with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 12 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manager, Compensation with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Manager, Compensation which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 38 salaries. A Manager, Compensation with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 16 salaries.

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Key Stats for Manager, Compensation

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
22%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

▲4%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
$113,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries


National Average
$113,000

Microsoft Access
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

Microsoft Word
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 95%
vision benefits
Vision: 91%
no benefits
None: 2%
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