Job Location:
Golden, CO

Posting Title

Compensation Analyst



CO – Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



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Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (“NREL”) NREL is looking for a compensation analyst to join its growing Compensation Team.  Join a team of talented compensation analysts at the forefront of a rapidly growing national laboratory.  The compensation analyst will assist with the administration of NREL’s compensation programs and will provide support to the HR business partners, the talent acquisition team, and other groups and individuals as needed.  This position will report directly to the Total Rewards Manager.

Remote work options are available. Relocation to Colorado is not required.


Basic Qualifications

This role can be hired at a Level II or a Level III

Professional III Qualifications: Relevant Bachelor’s Degree and 5 or more years of experience, or equivalent relevant education/experience, or, relevant Master’s Degree and 3 or more years of experience, or PhD, or JD.

Professional II Qualifications: Relevant Bachelor’s Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master’s Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experienced in job analysis and reviewing job descriptions.

  • Ensures proper administration of NREL compensation programs

  • Research, benchmarks, and analyzes data to determine compensation trends and establish equitable compensation levels and pay bands

  • Consults with recruiting team, hiring managers, and other members of compensation team to evaluate appropriate compensation offers for new hires and internal job moves

  • Consults with managers and other HR members to complete job analysis and evaluations

  • Coordinates survey participation and performs survey job matching

  • Consolidates, interprets, and presents data analysis on a variety of compensation related topics

  • Leads the annual funding request process

  • Assists in the allocation of compensation budgets and tracking of actual spend versus budget

  • Develops and provides communications and training programs on variety of compensation topics

  • Maintains job description database; builds and updates descriptions as needed

  • Adheres to all compensation policies and procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • National laboratory or DOE experience
  • Experience with Workday
  • Experience with MarketPay
  • Experience evaluating market survey data
  • Experience bench marking salaries
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to provide a high level of confidentiality concerning employee information
  • Proven ability to work in a consultative manner as a team member in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and see projects through to completion
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 – $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position’s work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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