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Manager, Compensation Salary

Earnings for Compensation Managers in the United States come in at around $97K annually on average. Female Compensation Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of Compensation Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,383 - $126,385
MEDIAN: $97,451

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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.
$59,383 - $126,385  
$2,564 - $20,065  
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).
$60,347 - $139,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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.

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Popular Skills for Manager, Compensation

Survey takers who work as Compensation Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Microsoft Word.

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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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Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


62 %
38 %

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%