A method and apparatus for reducing in-band spurs in a fractional-N synthesizer (100) includes generating a compensated current signal by a charge pump (108) coupled to a phase detector (106). The compensated current signal includes in-band spurs having frequencies within a frequency bandwidth associated with a loop filter (110). The method then includes selectively dithering the compensated current signal with a sufficient dither level to spread the frequencies of in-band spurs beyond the frequency bandwidth associated with the loop filter (110). The dithered compensated current signal is then passed through the loop filter (110) for filtering the in-band spurs having frequencies beyond the frequency bandwidth. The method then includes generating a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) signal with reduced in-band spurs proportional to the filtered compensated current signal.