Typically, compensation refers to monetary payment given to an individual in exchange for their services. In the workplace, compensation is what is earned by employees. It includes salary or wages in addition to commission and any incentives or perks that come with the given employee’s position. Paid employees as well as outside or temporary consultants are entitled to compensation, meaning the individual will be paid for the product or service they provide. A broader compensation definition includes monies owed as a recompense to an injured or otherwise wronged party by the party responsible.