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Manager, Compensation Salary

Compensation Managers in the United States take home an average $97K annually. There are more female Compensation Managers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Most Compensation Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,173 - $126,094
MEDIAN: $97,227

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$59,173 - $126,094  
$2,564 - $19,947  
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).
$59,857 - $139,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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 $124K annually.

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Popular Skills for Manager, Compensation

Survey results show that 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. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word.

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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 Word

National Average

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%