Compensation and Benefits Manager Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for compensation and benefits managers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of compensation and benefits managers among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Compensation and Benefits Managers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$80,840
25th Percentile Wage
$104,070
50th Percentile Wage
$135,600
75th Percentile Wage
$179,650
90th Percentile Wage
$182,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for compensation and benefits managers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $182,910. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $135,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $80,840.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of compensation and benefits managers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$135,600
-2.40% 20.34%
2016
$138,850
7.15% -
2015
$128,920
6.19% -
2014
$120,940
7.00% -
2013
$112,470
3.96% -
2012
$108,020
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Compensation and Benefits Managers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of compensation and benefits managers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of compensation and benefits managers in state of California ranges from $112,270 to $166,760. The highest paying area for compensation and benefits managers in California is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $166,760. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $163,130). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $112,270.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$166,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$163,130
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$152,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$145,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$143,040
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$135,730
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$128,480
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$128,430
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$119,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$116,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$112,270




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