How much does a Compensation Director make in the United States? The average Compensation Director salary in the United States is $207,042 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $185,206 and $231,626. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Compensation Director Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Compensation Director Salary $165,325 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Compensation Director Salary $185,206 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Compensation Director Salary $207,042 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Compensation Director Salary $231,626 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Compensation Director Salary $254,009 US April 24, 2024
25% $185,206 10% $165,325 90% $254,009 75% $231,626 $207,042 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Job Description for Compensation Director

Compensation Director directs, designs, and plans compensation policies, objectives, and initiatives. Oversees the collection of wage, salary, and incentive survey data to ensure the organization's compensation programs/objectives are competitive. Being a Compensation Director plans and administers long and short-term equity programs and executive programs that drive company performance and comply with laws and regulations . Ensures compensation programs remain within budgetary constraints. Additionally, Compensation Director oversees messaging to employees to promote clarity and reinforce the value of compensation programs. Keeps abreast of regulatory, market, and practice changes and trends. Champions timely and robust data collection and analysis processes that support research and market, pay equity, and other compensation studies. Requires a bachelor's degree. May require a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification. Typically reports to top management. The Compensation Director manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. To be a Compensation Director typically requires 5+ years of managerial experience. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Compensation Director salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Compensation Director, the highest Compensation Director salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Compensation Director salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Compensation Director salary is in Miami, FL, where the Compensation Director salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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