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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,150
25th Percentile Wage
$87,120
50th Percentile Wage
$116,240
75th Percentile Wage
$156,050
90th Percentile Wage
$199,950

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 $199,950. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $116,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,150. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 202% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of compensation and benefits managers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016116,2404.14%18.06%
2015111,4303.02%-
2014108,0706.09%-
2013101,4906.15%-
201295,250--

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 $134,420. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $82,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$134,420
Finance and Insurance
$126,750
Mining
$126,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$125,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$125,190
Utilities
$122,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$116,850
Wholesale Trade
$115,840
Manufacturing
$110,340
Transportation and Warehousing
$109,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$107,930
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$106,350
Health Care and Social Assistance
$104,800
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$103,860
Educational Services
$98,750
Federal, State, and Local Government
$95,600
Construction
$95,040
Accommodation and Food Services
$93,480
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 $54,760 to $144,720. The highest paying state for compensation and benefits managers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $144,720. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $54,760. 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
New Jersey
$144,720
Rhode Island
$140,780
California
$138,850
New York
$137,190
Minnesota
$134,890
Colorado
$132,700
North Carolina
$132,330
District of Columbia
$131,990
Delaware
$131,800
Connecticut
$128,270
Maryland
$127,460
Arkansas
$126,400
Virginia
$125,450
Washington
$125,200
Georgia
$124,780
Massachusetts
$122,720
Texas
$120,210
Pennsylvania
$115,960
Missouri
$114,160
Alabama
$111,890
Illinois
$109,100
New Hampshire
$108,650
Ohio
$108,250
Arizona
$105,200
Alaska
$103,040
Nebraska
$102,960
South Carolina
$101,490
North Dakota
$101,480
Nevada
$101,040
Michigan
$98,390
Kansas
$97,780
Maine
$97,450
Kentucky
$97,120
Wisconsin
$95,900
Oregon
$95,740
New Mexico
$95,390
Florida
$95,360
Hawaii
$93,320
Indiana
$92,210
Utah
$89,860
South Dakota
$88,470
Iowa
$87,760
West Virginia
$86,850
Tennessee
$82,220
Oklahoma
$80,790
Puerto Rico
$72,440
Idaho
$72,060
Louisiana
$64,640
Mississippi
$54,760


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