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Compensation / Benefits Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Compensation or Benefits Manager manages compensation and benefits systems and records for an organization or company. Determines pay structure and job classifications for company employees. Supervises payroll, accounting of employee benefits, and payout of benefits such as pensions or disability insurance.

Job Outlook

There were 1664 Compensation / Benefits Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 50539 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Compensation / Benefits Manager industry, which includes the Compensation / Benefits Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Compensation / Benefits Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,131.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,155.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Compensation / Benefits Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $56,316.

Education and Experience

Posted Compensation / Benefits Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.03%
Bachelor's Degree40.78%
Master's Degree12.56%
Doctoral Degree2.13%
Other10.51%

Posted Compensation / Benefits Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years25.73%
3 to 5 years47.08%
6 to 8 years17.64%
9+ years9.55%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Compensation / Benefits Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (28.74%)
  • Management (24.13%)
  • Customer Service (19.39%)
  • Leadership (19.07%)
  • Sales (15.27%)
  • Operations (13%)
  • Problem Solving (13%)
  • Microsoft Excel (11.86%)
  • Detail Oriented (10.51%)
  • Presentations (10.44%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Accounting (16.38%)
  • Job Evaluation (2.75%)
  • Project Management (36.87%)
  • Finance (24.87%)
  • Auditing (24.38%)
  • Data Analysis (10.35%)
  • Marketing (28.25%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Compensation / Benefits Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Field Reimbursement Manager
  • Compensation Manager
  • Shift Manager
  • Benefits Manager
  • Employee Benefits Account Manager
  • Counter Intelligence Agent
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Executive Compensation Manager
  • Total Rewards Manager
  • Access and Reimbursement Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Compensation / Benefits Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Arby's (2167)
  • Bausch & Lomb (907)
  • Sanofi (792)
  • Elevance Health (581)
  • Nsa Agency (564)
  • Amazon (443)
  • GPAC (352)
  • Johnson & Johnson (317)
  • Hub International (297)
  • Danaher (291)

North Carolina

  • Arby's (184)
  • Bausch & Lomb (32)
  • Nsa Agency (30)
  • Ecs (25)
  • Equitable (23)
  • Truist Financial (18)
  • Sanofi (17)
  • Archway Physician Recruitment (16)
  • State of North Carolina (15)
  • Aston Carter (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!