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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

11-3111 Compensation and Benefits Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization. Job analysis and position description managers are included in "Human Resources Managers" (11-3121).


National estimates for Compensation and Benefits Managers
Industry profile for Compensation and Benefits Managers
Geographic profile for Compensation and Benefits Managers

National estimates for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,340 2.1 % $ 65.94 $ 137,160 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 34.10 $ 44.96 $ 60.16 $ 81.01 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 70,920 $ 93,510 $ 125,130 $ 168,500 (5)


Industry profile for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Compensation and Benefits Managers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Compensation and Benefits Managers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,250 0.13 $ 70.67 $ 146,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,620 0.11 $ 70.65 $ 146,960
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 1,140 0.10 $ 64.83 $ 134,840
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 810 0.01 $ 54.56 $ 113,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 660 0.01 $ 63.77 $ 132,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,250 0.13 $ 70.67 $ 146,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,620 0.11 $ 70.65 $ 146,960
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 1,140 0.10 $ 64.83 $ 134,840
Office Administrative Services 290 0.06 $ 68.71 $ 142,910
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 170 0.05 $ 71.08 $ 147,840

Top paying industries for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 40 0.01 $ 80.56 $ 167,570
Software Publishers 150 0.03 $ 78.03 $ 162,310
Telecommunications 70 0.01 $ 77.80 $ 161,810
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 60 0.02 $ 77.24 $ 160,660
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 50 0.02 $ 76.42 $ 158,940


Geographic profile for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Compensation and Benefits Managers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Compensation and Benefits Managers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,940 0.12 1.01 $ 74.58 $ 155,130
Texas 1,620 0.13 1.14 $ 55.63 $ 115,700
New York 1,380 0.16 1.35 $ 91.04 $ 189,370
Illinois 1,270 0.23 1.93 $ 65.32 $ 135,860
Pennsylvania 850 0.15 1.32 $ 60.36 $ 125,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 790 0.24 2.00 $ 64.24 $ 133,630
Illinois 1,270 0.23 1.93 $ 65.32 $ 135,860
Connecticut 320 0.21 1.77 $ 84.65 $ 176,080
Alaska 60 0.20 1.67 $ 54.65 $ 113,660
New Hampshire 110 0.18 1.54 $ 61.06 $ 127,000




Top paying states for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 450 0.12 1.02 $ 95.34 $ 198,300
New York 1,380 0.16 1.35 $ 91.04 $ 189,370
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.73 $ 85.32 $ 177,460
Connecticut 320 0.21 1.77 $ 84.65 $ 176,080
Washington 230 0.07 0.62 $ 77.49 $ 161,190





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,530 0.17 1.47 $ 93.66 $ 194,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,130 0.26 2.20 $ 65.32 $ 135,870
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 720 0.28 2.35 $ 65.32 $ 135,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 620 0.11 0.91 $ 67.37 $ 140,140
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 590 0.17 1.41 $ 58.95 $ 122,620
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 530 0.20 1.67 $ 64.69 $ 134,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 520 0.20 1.68 $ 58.30 $ 121,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.22 1.89 $ 86.94 $ 180,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.26 2.23 $ 58.80 $ 122,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 1.32 $ 57.99 $ 120,620




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tallahassee, FL 60 0.34 2.93 $ 48.22 $ 100,300
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.32 2.72 $ 85.72 $ 178,300
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 720 0.28 2.35 $ 65.32 $ 135,870
Anchorage, AK 40 0.27 2.32 $ 56.92 $ 118,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 480 0.26 2.23 $ 58.80 $ 122,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,130 0.26 2.20 $ 65.32 $ 135,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.24 2.00 $ 88.48 $ 184,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 230 0.23 1.94 $ 49.15 $ 102,240
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.23 1.94 $ 83.21 $ 173,080
Winston-Salem, NC 60 0.22 1.90 $ 57.67 $ 119,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,530 0.17 1.47 $ 93.66 $ 194,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.24 2.00 $ 88.48 $ 184,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.22 1.89 $ 86.94 $ 180,840
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.32 2.72 $ 85.72 $ 178,300
New Haven, CT 30 0.12 1.05 $ 85.27 $ 177,350
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 0.70 $ 83.60 $ 173,880
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.23 1.94 $ 83.21 $ 173,080
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 40 0.14 1.22 $ 82.26 $ 171,100
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 180 0.09 0.80 $ 80.61 $ 167,680
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.08 0.71 $ 79.80 $ 165,990


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021