HRM 540

Compensation Management

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines principles and practices of compensation management to support organizational mission and goals. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, external market analysis, pay structures, salary administration, motivation theories and legal principles. It covers the concept of total compensation by examining the integrated roles of base pay, employee benefits, and incentive programs within an organization. It is intended for people who will design, develop, implement and/or administer compensation programs.

Special information

Recommended: MGMT 310 Management Principles or MGMT 320 Organizational Behavior.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the fundamentals of design, funding, administration, and communication of compensation programs.
  • Understand how to identify and locate appropriate internal and external market data.
  • Have a general understanding of the employee compensation management function.
  • Have a general understanding of the tax and regulatory issues associated with compensation programs.
  • How compensation fits within a total rewards strategy.
  • Be able to analyze a compensation program, identify problem areas and make recommendations for improvement to the program.
  • Know how to prepare and present a compensation program proposal to management and communicate the plan to employees.