Manager, Compensation Salary

On average, Compensation Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($105K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Compensation Managers (55 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and almost all get vision plans. The majority of Compensation Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$73,933 - $128,402
$74K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $105,571
10%
50%
90%

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$29.96 - $53.42
$45
MEDIAN: $45.13
50%

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$0$146K
Salary $73,933 - $128,402
Bonus $2,009 - $23,051
Profit Sharing $8,640
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).
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$71,939 - $146,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $45.13
Annual Data $0$146K
Bonus $2,009 - $23,051
Profit Sharing $8,640
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).
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$71,939 - $146,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

Job Description for Manager, Compensation

Compensation managers are responsible for overseeing several employees within their companies to ensure that all goals and tasks set by upper-management are met within the appropriate deadlines. Communication with both upper-management and other employees in the company is essential in this position, and these managers must also have strong interpersonal skills and general knowledge of office software, emails, and multi-line telephone systems.

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Manager, Compensation Tasks

  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Manager, Compensation


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Compensation Managers who transition into an upper level Director of Compensation position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Director of Compensation makes $123K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manager, Compensation

Pay by Experience for a Manager, Compensation has a positive trend. An entry-level Manager, Compensation with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 12 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manager, Compensation with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Manager, Compensation which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 38 salaries. A Manager, Compensation with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 16 salaries.

Manager, Compensation Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Manager, Compensation?

Manager, Compensation in Houston:
"Not Sure It's Worth the Title."
Pros: My team. They work hard and do their very best.
Cons: Our leadership is lacking.

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Key Stats for Manager, Compensation

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Manager, Compensation Salaries

▲4%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
$113,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Manager, Compensation Salaries


National Average
$113,000

Microsoft Access
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

Microsoft Word
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 90%
no benefits
None: 6%