Compensation Specialist

Category:  Manager/Supervisor/Administrator
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  May 29, 2023
Req ID:  3996


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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region. SEPTA has become an integral force in the economic success of the Philadelphia region, providing an efficient and reliable source of transportation. 


We are seeking candidates for the position of Compensation Specialist in the HR/Compensation/HRIS.    


Limited telework may be permitted for this position in accordance with SEPTA Policy


Opening Date: 12/28/2022

Closing Date: 06/15/2023


Job Grade: SAM 40

Salary Range: Min: $76,492.00 - Mid: $95,602.00 - Max: $114,712.00 

*Note: Starting salary not to exceed midpoint.



Assists in the administration, coordination and processing of highly confidential matters within the Compensation/HRIS section of the Human Resources division.  Conducts job analysis and job evaluations for Supervisory, Administrative and Management (SAM) positions. Performs required compensation/costing analyses and makes effective recommendations for requested SAM salary adjustments.


  1. Maintains records and reports relating to pay rates, position grades, job evaluation 
  2. policies and performance appraisal records.
  3. Assists in the development of policies/guidelines and procedures regarding SAM (Supervisory Administrative Management) compensation practices.
  4. Part of the final approval process for SAM salary increases that are pre-approved by upper management and permitted according to compensation guidelines.
  5. On request, assists department managers or designees in matters of the SAM Compensation Policy/Guidelines.
  6. Performs SAM job evaluations utilizing the Hay System and required analysis of job responsibilities.
  7. Interacts with departments regarding processing of 3114s and SHARE transactions that relate to SAM status and/or salary actions.
  8. Performs the required analysis of requested salary adjustments, submits results and recommendation to Department Director for approval.
  9. Responsible for compiling and producing various salary compensation reports requiring a high degree of accuracy, judgment, responsibility and confidentiality.
  10. Responsible for completing all Salary Wage Surveys received from APTA and other Transit Agencies.
  11. Monitors SAM Performance Evaluations and associated salary actions to ensure conformity to policy.
  12. Maintains performance evaluation records.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Psychology or related field required with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in a Human Resources/Compensation related position including technical knowledge of compensation practices and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) and other related employment laws.
  • Must demonstrate excellent analytical skills utilizing Excel or similar programs costing out large scale compensation proposals with exacting accuracy.
  • Experience with HRIS systems and HRIS table maintenance required.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and must possess the ability to maintain confidentiality.  
  • Organizational ability to plan, formulate, and execute policies and practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Proven analytical ability to solve complex problems.


  • Prior experience evaluating positions within a formal evaluation required, Hay compensation experience preferred.
  • Master’s degree or Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) or some coursework towards CCP designation preferred.




SEPTA offers a comprehensive benefits and retirement program for ALL employees, including: 

  • Medical – “Minimal annual premium contribution” 


Benefit plans with “No Employee annual premium contribution”: 

  • Prescription 

  • Dental 

  • Vision 


Additional benefits we offer: 

  • Pension Plan / Retirement Savings 

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan 

  • Voluntary Governmental 457B Deferred Comp Plan 

  • Life Insurance 

  • Tuition Reimbursement 

  • SEPTA Transportation Pass – FREE travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation 

  • SEPTA employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program 


SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia