Manager, Compensation Salary

Compensation Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $107K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and almost all collect vision insurance. Most Compensation Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$81,016 - $127,991
$81K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,708
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
$81,016 - $127,991  
   
Bonus
$1,963 - $20,278  
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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$79,610 - $147,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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
$1,963 - $20,278  
   
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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$79,610 - $147,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 who transition into an upper level Director of Compensation position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Director of Compensation makes $123K a year.

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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
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

▲3%

Late-Career
▼0%

National Average
$114,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼10%

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 15 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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