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Become A Compensation Analyst

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Working As A Compensation Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $61,032

    Average Salary

What Does A Compensation Analyst Do

The key role of a Compensation Analyst is to administer company compensation programs. They ensure that employee salaries are both competitive and reasonable, and assist in planning and implementing new and modified sales compensation plans.

How To Become A Compensation Analyst

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree, and some specialists need related work experience.


Most employers require that compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists have a bachelor’s degree. Many specialists have a degree in human resources, business administration, finance, communication, or a related field. Some employers may accept previous work experience in lieu of a formal degree.

Not all colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in human resources, but many offer courses in human resources management, compensation analysis, and benefits administration. Students with a background in other disciplines may benefit from taking courses in business, management, finance, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

For many jobs, compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists must have previous work experience. Employers commonly require that the previous experience includes performing compensation analysis, benefits administration, or general human resources work. Experience in related fields such as finance, insurance, or business administration, also may be beneficial.

Jobseekers without a degree in human resources must have relevant work experience. Some workers may gain this experience through internships. However, most gain experience from working in human resources.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not required, it can demonstrate professional expertise. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, but many employers will have their employees become certified after they are already working. Certification programs for management positions often require several years of related work experience in order to qualify for the credential.

Many associations for human resources workers offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and WorldatWork, offer certification programs that specialize in compensation and benefits. Others, including the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, offer general human resources credentials.


Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists may advance to a compensation and benefits manager or a human resources manager position. Specialists typically need several years of work experience to advance.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Many specialists perform data or cost analyses to form logical conclusions. For example, they may analyze the cost of choosing a particular salary scale for a class of workers.

Business acumen. Specialists must understand basic finance and accounting.

Communication skills. Specialists often work with employees throughout their organization to provide information on compensation and benefits. They may give presentations or advise managers or employees about compensation policies or benefit plans.

Critical-thinking skills. Specialists must think critically when evaluating job positions, salary scales, promotion practices, and other compensation and benefits policies.

Detail oriented. Specialists must pay attention to detail, especially when ensuring that the organization is compliant with federal and state laws.

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Real Compensation Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Compensation Analyst 5 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 11, 2016 $151,000
Compensation Analyst Chevron Corporation San Ramon, CA Sep 02, 2014 $145,000
Compensation Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 25, 2015 $128,250
Compensation Analyst 4 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2011 $125,000
Compensation Analyst 4 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 04, 2013 $120,000
Compensation Analyst Zulily, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 16, 2015 $117,083
Compensation Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 24, 2014 $105,000
Compensation Analyst Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 28, 2014 $103,085 -
Quantitative Compensation Analyst Google, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 11, 2015 $95,000
Sales Compensation Analyst Nice Systems, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 29, 2015 $95,000
Sales Compensation Analyst Nice Systems, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2015 $95,000
Compensation Analyst WPP Group USA Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $91,500
Compensation Analyst WPP Group USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $91,500
Compensation Analyst Zulily, LLC Seattle, WA Aug 10, 2016 $90,295
Global Compensation Analyst Chemtreat, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Aug 25, 2016 $75,730 -
Analyst, Compensation Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Aug 17, 2016 $75,000
Compensation Analyst Davita Inc. Denver, CO May 28, 2016 $75,000
Compensation Analyst II VSS Monitoring, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 02, 2015 $73,611 -
Compensation Analyst IBM Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 30, 2015 $73,611 -
Compensation Analyst Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2016 $71,302 -
Compensation Analyst Frank Russell Company Seattle, WA Sep 12, 2012 $71,000 -
Compensation Analyst II Warnaco Inc. Milford, CT Sep 29, 2011 $61,000
Compensation Analyst Samsung International, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2014 $61,000
Compensation Analyst IBM Corporation Waltham, MA Sep 13, 2013 $60,341
Compensation Analyst IBM Corporation Minneapolis, MN Oct 31, 2013 $60,341 -
Compensation Analyst IBM Corporation Waltham, MA Apr 22, 2013 $60,341
Benefits & Compensation Analyst Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Sep 13, 2014 $60,000
Compensation Analyst Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY May 18, 2012 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Compensation Analyst


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Top Compensation Analyst Skills

  1. New Job Descriptions
  2. Salary Surveys
  3. Job Evaluation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced new job descriptions, updated and adjusted current job descriptions.
  • Participated in salary surveys to ensure market competitiveness.
  • Led the HAY Job Evaluation Council entrusted with evaluating jobs across the organization consistent with the HAY Job Evaluation methodology.
  • Designed and developed base pay structure and presentations utilizing best practice approach.
  • Designed and modeled new compensation plans for year end.

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