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Compensation and Benefits Manager

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Compensation and Benefits Managers Career Video

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates compensation and benefits activities of an organization.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Human Resources Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs, evaluates, and modifies benefits policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive, and in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Analyzes compensation policies, government regulations, and prevailing wage rates to develop competitive compensation plan.
  • Administers, directs, and reviews employee benefit programs, including the integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions.
  • Fulfills all reporting requirements of all relevant government rules and regulations, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Formulates policies, procedures and programs for recruitment, testing, placement, classification, orientation, benefits and compensation, and labor and industrial relations.
  • Directs preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits, compensation, and personnel policies.
  • Manages the design and development of tools to assist employees in benefits selection, and to guide managers through compensation decisions.
  • Prepares detailed job descriptions and classification systems and defines job levels and families, in partnership with other managers.
  • Studies legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends.
  • Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Compensation Director
  • Employee Benefits Coordinator
  • Employee Benefits Director — Responsible for completing all required paperwork needed to enroll and maintain qualified employees in the various benefits programs offered.
  • Employee Benefits Manager
  • Payroll Manager


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