Compensation and benefits managers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, compensation and benefits managers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 13% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy compensation and benefits managers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Sales manager
2.8
$63k
Bank branch manager
2.8
$105k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$115k
Restaurant manager
2.7
$38k
Retail manager
2.6
$37k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are compensation and benefits managers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do compensation and benefits managers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as compensation and benefits managers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are compensation and benefits manager’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are compensation and benefits managers making the best use of their abilities?

Are compensation and benefits managers happy with their salary?