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Compensation & Benefits Managers

Also called: Benefits Manager, Compensation and Benefits Manager, Compensation Manager, Human Resources Director

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization.
On the job, you would:
  • Design, evaluate and modify benefits policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive, and in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Analyze compensation policies, government regulations, and prevailing wage rates to develop competitive compensation plan.
  • Fulfill all reporting requirements of all relevant government rules and regulations, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).


  • human resources (HR)
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • law and government


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Human resources software
  • ADP Workforce Now Hot Technology
  • Human resource management software HRMS Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software Hot Technology
  • SAP software Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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