Manager, Compensation Salary

The average Compensation Manager in the United States earns approximately $97K per year. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Women make up the majority of Compensation Managers (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most Compensation Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$59,471 - $125,019
MEDIAN: $96,925

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$60,471 - $136,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | 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.

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Many Compensation Managers advance into a slightly higher-paying Director of Compensation position. Average compensation for Directors of Compensation is $123K.

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Compensation Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


61 %
39 %

Years of Experience

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: 78% employee benefits None: 5%