Benefits Director Salary

Benefits Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $100K annually. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Benefits Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$68,894 - $139,934
MEDIAN: $100,114

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$68,894 - $139,934  
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$3,052 - $5,087  
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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).
$69,172 - $153,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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Job Description for Benefits Director

A benefits director oversees benefits areas such as health insurance, life insurance, and retirement plans, as well as leave and employee transfers and promotions. They are also responsible for maintaining records of employee activity in these areas and ensuring that employees are eligible for the programs in which they are enrolled.


Benefits Director Tasks

  • Design and develop benefit programs and policies aligned with organizational objectives and goals.
  • Plan, implement, communicate and oversee the administration of employee benefits programs.
  • Oversee and build relationships with third-party benefit providers, auditors, brokers, and administrators.
  • Ensure compliance of all plans and programs with governmental regulatory agencies.
  • Develop, recommend, and manage annual benefit budgets.

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Benefits Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance and Vendor Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 21 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources Information System. Benefits Administration and Regulatory Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Director

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Benefits Directors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $125K.

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Experience Affects Benefits Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Benefits Director Salaries

Vendor Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average

Benefits Administration
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


79 %
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%