How much does a Compensation Manager make in the United States? The average Compensation Manager salary in the United States is $137,536 as of October 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $123,235 and $155,475. 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. 

Based on HR-reported data: a national average with a geographic differential
Compensation Manager Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Compensation Manager Salary $110,214 US October 25, 2023
25th Percentile Compensation Manager Salary $123,235 US October 25, 2023
50th Percentile Compensation Manager Salary $137,536 US October 25, 2023
75th Percentile Compensation Manager Salary $155,475 US October 25, 2023
90th Percentile Compensation Manager Salary $171,807 US October 25, 2023
25% $123,235 10% $110,214 90% $171,807 75% $155,475 $137,536 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Job Description for Compensation Manager

Compensation Manager leads the development, implementation, and administration of compensation programs, policies, and procedures. Manages common compensation functions, including survey participation, job evaluation, salary structure development, incentive plan design, pay program administration and other associated initiatives. Being a Compensation Manager ensures that base pay, incentive pay and performance management programs remain competitive and conform to current compensation strategy. Directs data collection and analysis processes for market, pay equity, and other compensation studies. Additionally, Compensation Manager requires a bachelor's degree. May require a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department. The Compensation Manager manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. To be a Compensation Manager typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 - 3 years supervisory experience may be required. Extensive knowledge of the function and department processes. (Copyright 2023 View full job description

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