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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
15,330 2.5 % $ 67.05 $ 139,470 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 37.04 $ 47.46 $ 61.31 $ 78.79 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 77,040 $ 98,720 $ 127,530 $ 163,870 (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 4,210 0.17 $ 73.79 $ 153,470
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 1,120 0.09 $ 71.03 $ 147,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 680 0.01 $ 56.03 $ 116,550
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 660 0.03 $ 74.21 $ 154,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 640 0.04 $ 69.41 $ 144,360

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)
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 40 0.53 $ 52.61 $ 109,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,210 0.17 $ 73.79 $ 153,470
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 1,120 0.09 $ 71.03 $ 147,740
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 210 0.05 $ 77.94 $ 162,120
Insurance Carriers 570 0.05 $ 68.29 $ 142,050

Top paying industries for Compensation and Benefits Managers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 330 0.03 $ 84.71 $ 176,200
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 40 0.02 $ 82.65 $ 171,910
Software Publishers 140 0.03 $ 82.43 $ 171,460
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 0.02 $ 80.18 $ 166,780
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 40 0.01 $ 78.60 $ 163,480


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.



Map of employment of compensation and benefits managers by state, May 2021


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 1,890 0.11 1.05 $ 71.96 $ 149,670
Texas 1,720 0.14 1.29 $ 64.98 $ 135,160
New York 1,480 0.17 1.57 $ 89.24 $ 185,620
North Carolina 760 0.17 1.57 $ 66.01 $ 137,310
Georgia 740 0.17 1.55 $ 59.24 $ 123,210


Map of location quotient of compensation and benefits managers by state, May 2021


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 700 0.21 1.90 $ 71.66 $ 149,050
District of Columbia 130 0.20 1.85 $ 69.65 $ 144,860
New Hampshire 110 0.18 1.66 $ 53.35 $ 110,970
Minnesota 490 0.18 1.63 $ 69.18 $ 143,900
North Carolina 760 0.17 1.57 $ 66.01 $ 137,310


Map of annual mean wages of compensation and benefits managers by state, May 2021


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 York 1,480 0.17 1.57 $ 89.24 $ 185,620
New Jersey 480 0.13 1.15 $ 83.98 $ 174,680
Connecticut 240 0.15 1.42 $ 77.17 $ 160,520
Washington 260 0.08 0.74 $ 74.73 $ 155,440
California 1,890 0.11 1.05 $ 71.96 $ 149,670



Map of employment of compensation and benefits managers by area, May 2021


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 1,540 0.18 1.63 $ 91.62 $ 190,560
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 640 0.25 2.26 $ 72.45 $ 150,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.11 0.98 $ 67.36 $ 140,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 610 0.24 2.16 $ 61.64 $ 128,210
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 550 0.15 1.42 $ 64.56 $ 134,290
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 550 0.13 1.20 $ 67.95 $ 141,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.17 1.54 $ 68.66 $ 142,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 460 0.16 1.44 $ 71.93 $ 149,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 440 0.20 1.81 $ 79.97 $ 166,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 440 0.24 2.20 $ 70.02 $ 145,650


Map of location quotient of compensation and benefits managers by area, May 2021


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)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 170 0.53 4.91 $ 55.67 $ 115,790
Tallahassee, FL 50 0.32 2.92 $ 39.81 $ 82,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 640 0.25 2.26 $ 72.45 $ 150,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 440 0.24 2.20 $ 70.02 $ 145,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 610 0.24 2.16 $ 61.64 $ 128,210
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 280 0.23 2.09 $ 78.59 $ 163,460
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.23 2.08 $ 90.27 $ 187,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 2.05 $ 85.16 $ 177,130
Austin-Round Rock, TX 240 0.22 2.02 $ 67.57 $ 140,550
Columbia, SC 80 0.22 2.01 $ 33.77 $ 70,240


Map of annual mean wages of compensation and benefits managers by area, May 2021


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 1,540 0.18 1.63 $ 91.62 $ 190,560
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.23 2.08 $ 90.27 $ 187,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 2.05 $ 85.16 $ 177,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 440 0.20 1.81 $ 79.97 $ 166,330
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 280 0.23 2.09 $ 78.59 $ 163,460
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.00 $ 77.51 $ 161,210
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 50 0.19 1.78 $ 74.22 $ 154,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 100 0.18 1.69 $ 73.57 $ 153,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 100 0.08 0.75 $ 73.05 $ 151,940
Rochester, NY 60 0.12 1.10 $ 72.86 $ 151,560


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022