Manager, Compensation Salary

Compensation Managers in the United States take home an average $99K annually. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Compensation Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,479 - $125,620
MEDIAN: $98,853

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$60,479 - $125,620  
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$62,407 - $138,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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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Moving into a Director of Compensation position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $122K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manager, Compensation

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

For Compensation Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $99K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $106K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $115K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $117K.

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Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

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Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


60 %
40 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 94%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 2%