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Manager, Compensation Salary

Compensation Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $97K annually. Job satisfaction for Compensation Managers is high. The majority of Compensation Managers (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,296 - $126,488
MEDIAN: $97,251

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$59,296 - $126,488  
$2,543 - $20,108  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,500  
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).
$60,225 - $139,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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Job Description for Manager, Compensation

  • 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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Many Compensation Managers transition into upper-level Director of Compensation positions. Directors of Compensation earn a median of $123K per year.

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Compensation Managers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%