Pay of compensation and benefits specialists continues to outstrip other HR disciplines


Pay of compensation and benefits specialists continues to outstrip other HR disciplines

Compensation and benefits managers could expect to earn 12% more than other HR specialists, according to results from a new survey of CIPD members undertaken by the Reward Group.

Basic annual salaries for compensation and benefits managers are £37,000 at the median, compared with a figure of £33,000 for personnel managers. The equivalent total cash figures are £40,000 and £34,000 respectively.

Basic salaries exclude any form of bonus or profit share, but do include guaranteed cost-of-living allowances such as London weighting. Total pay includes basic salary, bonus, profit share, overtime, and other cash payments.

Pay package of compensation and benefits manager (rank 2)


Basic pay (median)

  • whole sample (23 jobs)


  • organisation with 1,001—4,000 employees


  • organisation with over 10,000 employees


  • financial services sector


  • London


  • south east


Bonus (median)


Total pay (median)


Per cent with:

  • company car


  • mobile phone


  • 25 or more days' holiday


  • private health insurance


  • permanent health insurance


Source: The Reward Group.

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Title: Personnel rewards, published by the Reward Group and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Methodology: Questionnaire sent to 25,000 members of the CIPD and a further 5,000 mailed to selected personnel professionals in October and November 2000. Supplemented by appropriate matching data from Reward Group's database.

Sample size: Some 2,000 questionnaires were returned. The total data analysed in the survey was 7,556 jobs from around 1,500 organisations.

Availability: contact the Reward Group in Stone, Staffordshire, tel: 01785 813566, or email

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