Benefits & Payroll Administrators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $75K per year, median earnings come to $51K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Benefits & Payroll Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,814 - $77,199
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$38K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,137
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$14.60 - $29.47
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,814 - $77,199  
   
Bonus
$1,575  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,765 - $74,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $29.47  
   
Overtime
$37.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,575  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,765 - $74,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Job Description for Benefits & Payroll Administrator

Commonly working in the human resources department, a benefits and payroll administrator keeps track of employee-related data such as citizenship, attendance reporting, performance evaluations, and other vital employee statistics. The job usually includes making sure employees have the resources they need to stay informed on benefit and payment packages as well. Benefits and payroll administrators ensure that affirmative action laws and state and federal labor laws are followed within their company. They frequently create and disseminate employee manuals, as well as prepare and conduct welcome and orientation briefings for new employees. Background checks, recordkeeping, and data entry may also be performed by the benefits and payroll administrator depending on the company and position.

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Benefits & Payroll Administrator Tasks

  • Communicate with employees and management about benefits options and usage.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with federal and local regulations, auditing, and non-discrimination laws.
  • Manage and analyze employee benefit programs, research issues, and track usage data.
  • Process payroll, including updating employee numbers, hours, garnishments, benefits and vacation, etc.

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Popular Skills for Benefits & Payroll Administrator


Benefits & Payroll Administrators note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Benefits & Compensation, Payroll Administration, and Benefits Administration can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Benefits & Compensation are, more often than not, also skilled in Benefits Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits & Payroll Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $46K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $42K. For Benefits & Payroll Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $52K on average.

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What is it like working as a Benefits & Payroll Administrator?

Benefits & Payroll Administrator in San Bernardino:
"Retirement."
Pros: I like the challenge that managing payroll and benefits brings. I like to problem solve when it comes to numbers.
Cons: Supervising.

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Experience Affects Benefits & Payroll Administrator Salaries

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National Average
$50,000



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Skills That Affect Benefits & Payroll Administrator Salaries

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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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