Compensation Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $106K) surpassing six figures annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Compensation Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Compensation Managers making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Compensation Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$79,354 - $129,360
MEDIAN: $106,146

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$79,354 - $129,360  
$1,973 - $20,446  
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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).
$77,176 - $148,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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.


Manager, Compensation Tasks

  • 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.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.

Common Career Paths for Manager, Compensation

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As Compensation Managers transition into upper-level roles like Directors of Compensation, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Directors of Compensation earn the same amount as Compensation Managers on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manager, Compensation

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

Annually raking in $110K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. On average, Compensation Managers make $118K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Compensation Managers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $113K.

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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

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Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


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Years of Experience

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10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 94%
medical benefits
Vision: 86%
dental benefits
None: 2%