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Compensation and Benefits Manager Salary Information

The salary statistics of compensation and benefits managers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of compensation and benefits managers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The compensation and benefits managers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Compensation and Benefits Manager Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$68,510
25th Percentile Wage
$89,750
50th Percentile Wage
$119,120
75th Percentile Wage
$158,130
90th Percentile Wage
$202,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for compensation and benefits managers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) compensation and benefits managers is $202,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $119,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $68,510. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 195% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$119,120
2.42% 20.04%
2016
$116,240
4.14% -
2015
$111,430
3.02% -
2014
$108,070
6.09% -
2013
$101,490
6.15% -
2012
$95,250
- -

Table 2. Compensation and Benefits Manager Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of compensation and benefits managers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for compensation and benefits managers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $141,540. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $82,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$141,540
Finance and Insurance
$129,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$127,700
Mining
$127,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$126,320
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$125,840
Manufacturing
$123,800
Utilities
$117,140
Wholesale Trade
$114,640
Transportation and Warehousing
$111,850
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$108,480
Health Care and Social Assistance
$108,280
Construction
$106,930
Educational Services
$102,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$101,020
Federal, State, and Local Government
$97,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$94,190
Accommodation and Food Services
$83,560
Retail Trade
$82,290

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Compensation and Benefits Managers by States

From the above tables we note that not only compensation and benefits managers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of compensation and benefits managers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $70,060 to $152,380. The highest paying state for compensation and benefits managers is Delaware with a median annual salary of $152,380. The lowest paying state is Louisiana with a median annual salary of $70,060. For more salary information of compensation and benefits managers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$152,380
New Jersey
$151,500
Rhode Island
$145,610
Minnesota
$141,950
New York
$140,260
Connecticut
$139,410
California
$135,600
District of Columbia
$134,380
Colorado
$134,360
Maryland
$131,560
Georgia
$126,830
Washington
$125,900
Missouri
$124,560
Pennsylvania
$123,120
Virginia
$122,100
North Carolina
$120,940
Massachusetts
$120,630
Nevada
$119,950
Texas
$116,080
New Hampshire
$112,780
Alabama
$112,230
Ohio
$111,350
New Mexico
$109,950
Illinois
$109,140
Michigan
$108,600
Arizona
$107,280
Wisconsin
$106,680
Alaska
$103,040
Oregon
$102,260
South Carolina
$102,150
North Dakota
$101,480
Kansas
$100,720
Nebraska
$100,180
Iowa
$98,660
Maine
$97,830
Florida
$95,820
Utah
$94,910
Indiana
$94,860
Hawaii
$93,320
Tennessee
$92,870
West Virginia
$89,920
South Dakota
$88,470
Kentucky
$87,110
Arkansas
$83,680
Oklahoma
$83,330
Idaho
$77,500
Puerto Rico
$76,540
Mississippi
$76,260
Louisiana
$70,060



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