Compensation and Benefits Manager  What They Do

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

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative and Information Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Advises management on such matters as equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Directs preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits, compensation and personnel policies.
  • Administers, directs, and reviews employee benefit programs, including the integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientations to foster positive attitudes towards organizational objectives.
  • Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Identifies and implements benefits to increase the quality of life for employees by working with brokers, and researching benefits issues.
  • Designs, evaluates, and modifies compensation and 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 plans.
  • Formulates policies, procedures, and programs for benefits and compensation.
  • Mediates between benefits providers and employees, such as handling questions and taking suggestions.

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:

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