Alaska Airlines Sr Compensation Analyst in Seattle, Washington


Manager Compensation


Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the "Alaska Spirit", we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary The Senior Compensation Analyst project-manages large scale annual compensation programs (merit planning, benchmarking, annual incentive pay cycle), provides ad hoc compensation analyses and ongoing compensation program delivery to support Alaska's growing employee population. Under the general direction of the Manager, Compensation, this highly analytical individual contributor independently conducts complex compensation analyses and executes compensation processes with an eye for process improvement and a streamlined experience for client groups, other members of the People Team, and external candidates.

This role brings together extensive compensation knowledge and understanding of the business to provide guidance and recommendations to HR business partners, recruiters, hiring managers and other stakeholders. This is a highly collaborative role, reliant on building successful relationships with HR business partners, recruiters, and other members of the People Team.

Scope & Complexity The Senior Compensation Analyst contributes to the development of compensation policies and practices with primary responsibility for complex compensation analyses and several large scale annual processes. The scope of this role includes US and international broad-based compensation programs, cash compensation and incentive plans, in support of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The role may also provide support related to executive compensation, proxy reporting, equity and long-term incentive plans.

Key Duties

  • Applies in-depth understanding of compensation principles, company policy, and labor market compensation trends to support the administration of employee compensation programs, including cash compensation and company-wide incentive programs.

  • Conducts complex quantitative analyses, primarily using Excel; performs research as needed to support the compensation team in solving compensation-related issues.

  • Generates in-depth reports and analyses; drafts compensation recommendations to senior management.

  • Creates and manages multi-stakeholder project plans for annual administration of large scale compensation programs, such as incentive plans, salary planning, merit cycle, year-end and proxy reporting, and other projects.

  • With the support of other team members and vendors, manages company submissions to annual market surveys and analyzes resulting data to understand labor market trends.

  • Develops and maximizes relationships with survey vendors and compensation tool providers to stay abreast of the latest trends, methods and technology; bringing best practices to the team.

  • Serves as an escalation point for day-to-day compensation processes, including job offer recommendations for both internal and external candidates.

  • Provides direct support to leadership on compensation questions; may present to leadership, as needed.

  • Represents the compensation team on cross-functional projects requiring significant coordination between teams.

  • Stays abreast of federal, state, and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure company compliance.

  • Acts as a SME, mentors and provides guidance to more junior team members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job-Specific Skills & Education Required

  • A minimum of 5 years of compensation experience

  • A Bachelor's degree

  • Good working knowledge of compensation compliance and related regulations

  • Mathematical aptitude, analysis, and problem-solving skills

  • Strong Excel knowledge

  • High integrity and ability to handle sensitive confidential information

  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively while balancing the big picture with detail

  • Highly collaborative style and strong team orientation

  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence

  • Strong interest in process development and continuous improvement


  • Understanding of general human resources policies

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) or Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) certification

  • Project management experience

  • Experience in executive compensation, international compensation and long-term incentive plan design a plus.

  • Experience with PeopleSoft HRIS.

  • Experience with ATS

  • Tableau or other BI tool a plus

  • Experience in a client-facing role

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.


The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.

Job ID: 32152

Location: Seattle, WA

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular