Manager, Compensation Salary

Median pay for Compensation Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $97K annually. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Compensation Managers. More than half of Compensation Managers (61 percent) survey participants are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$59,842 - $125,292

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$59,842 - $125,292  
$2,534 - $19,086  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $3,843  
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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).
$60,985 - $135,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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Compensation Managers often transition into upper-level roles like Director of Compensation, for which the average compensation is $122K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Compensation Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word 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
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Microsoft Word

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


61 %
39 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%