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Career Profile: Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. May specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 91,900 people employed as compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists in the United States. The median annual salary is $67,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $41,490 per year and senior employees earn approximately $111,930 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Plan, develop, evaluate, improve, and communicate methods and techniques for selecting, promoting, compensating, evaluating, and training workers.
  • Assess need for and develop job analysis instruments and materials.
  • Consult with, or serve as, technical liaison between business, industry, government, and union officials.
  • Observe, interview, and survey employees and conduct focus group meetings to collect job, organizational, and occupational information.
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining personnel records and handbooks.
  • Analyze organizational, occupational, and industrial data to facilitate organizational functions and provide technical information to business, industry, and government.
  • Administer employee insurance, pension, and savings plans, working with insurance brokers and plan carriers.
  • Research job and worker requirements, structural and functional relationships among jobs and occupations, and occupational trends.
  • Advise managers and employees on state and federal employment regulations, collective agreements, benefit and compensation policies, personnel procedures, and classification programs.
  • Perform multifactor data and cost analyses that may be used in areas such as support of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Prepare reports, such as organization and flow charts and career path reports, to summarize job analysis and evaluation and compensation analysis information.
  • Plan and develop curricula and materials for training programs and conduct training.
  • Evaluate job positions, determining classification, exempt or non-exempt status, and salary.
  • Ensure company compliance with federal and state laws, including reporting requirements.
  • Prepare occupational classifications, job descriptions, and salary scales.
  • Work with the Department of Labor and promote its use with employers.
  • Prepare research results for publication in form of journals, books, manuals, and film.
  • Research employee benefit and health and safety practices, and recommend changes or modifications to existing policies.
  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate personnel and labor relations programs, including performance appraisal, affirmative action, and employment equity programs.
  • Advise staff of individuals' qualifications.
  • Negotiate collective agreements on behalf of employers or workers, and mediate labor disputes and grievances.
  • Review occupational data on Alien Employment Certification Applications to determine the appropriate occupational title and code, and provide local offices with information about immigration and occupations.
  • Provide advice on the resolution of classification and salary complaints.
  • Speak at conferences and events to promote apprenticeships and related training programs.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
91,900
Annual Openings:
9,400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
10%
Annual Salary Range:
$41,490 - $111,930
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree