Manager, Compensation Salary

Compensation Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($107K) annually in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Compensation Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. For the most part, Compensation Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,852 - $128,283
$79K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,601
10%
50%
90%

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$29.15 - $45.13
$39
MEDIAN: $38.94
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,852 - $128,283  
   
Bonus
$1,952 - $20,391  
Profit Sharing
$7,280  
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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$76,764 - $147,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.94  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,952 - $20,391  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,280  
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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$76,764 - $147,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Compensation Managers sometimes move into a Director of Compensation role, where the salary is similar.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manager, Compensation

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $104K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $112K. Compensation Managers bring in $117K after working for 10 to 20 years. Compensation Managers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $113K.

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Key Stats for Manager, Compensation

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$114,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Late-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries


National Average
$114,000

Microsoft Access
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼4%

Microsoft Word
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 95%
vision benefits
Vision: 89%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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