Senior Compensation Analyst – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

USC’s Human Resources Compensation department is seeking an experienced Senior Compensation Analyst to join their team. The Sr. Compensation Analyst will be responsible for assisting management in the administration and implementation of staff compensation program(s) and initiatives.

Specific Job Accountabilities include:

  • Provides consultative guidance to HR Partners and management on a wide range of compensation matters including selection of appropriate job descriptions, new hire offers, compensation strategy, utilization of overloads, reclassifications and internal promotions, internal/external benchmarking data, market adjustments, bonuses, job postings, compliance with legal regulations and university policies and practices.

  • Ensures wage/salary compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and university compensation policies and practices.

  • Establishes and maintains appropriate pay ranges for new jobs

  • Conduct peer reviews of the work of junior team members as required

  • Assesses internal pay and recommends changes/approve requests for changes.

  • Participates in planning for implementations and upgrades of compensation technologies.

  • Provides support for rollout of the university’s compensation initiatives and programs.

  • Analyze trends in compensation and present compensation data and strategic insights to help inform, influence, support, and execute business decisions

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Mathematics, Accounting, Finance, Statistics, or Human Resources, or related disciplines

  • 4 years’ experience with all levels of employees

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Ability to set priorities and work efficiently with a high level of accuracy in a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Be detail oriented and sensitive with confidential data

  • Experience providing compensation guidance and direction

  • Strong knowledge of compensation practices, principles, methodologies, theories, and wage and hour regulations

  • Ability to identify and solve problems creatively

  • Ability to express compensation analysis findings verbally and in writing for presentation to senior HR leaders

  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating job content and writing accurate job descriptions

  • Skill in establishing/interpreting pay ranges for a wide array of jobs

  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, customer service, oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with a variety of partners and stakeholders

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)

We pride ourselves on being a GREAT PLACE TO WORK, and that begins with our employees! We offer a wide variety of benefits and programs that support our staff and their families, including:

  • Benefits: Health, dental, and vision plans, tuition assistance for our employees and their families, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan contributions, and childcare centers.

  • And because we are a qualifying public service organization, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans. Please visit for additional information.

  • Perks: Discounts to USC sporting events, USC Bookstores, wireless plans, travel, accommodations, and local entertainment.

  • Career Growth: We are the largest private employer in Los Angeles, offering tremendous development opportunities in multiple fields and industries

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Core Values: integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

The annual base salary range for this position is $106,324.63 – $118,000.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 4 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Solid compensation skills, and experience as an analyst in a corporate or university environment.
Thorough knowledge of compensation best practices, principles, methodologies, and wage and hour regulations. Ability to identify and solve problems creatively. Knowledge of compensation market data benchmarking and analysis, and providing guidance to business partners on pay recommendations. Skilled in analyzing and evaluating job content. Demonstrated excellent analytical, customer service, oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface and communicate with all levels of employees. Ability to work effectively in a team environment. Ability to multi-task and set priorities in a fast-paced environment. Must be detail oriented.

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