Generous salaries abound for Benefits Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Benefits Directors making up 77 percent. For the most part, Benefits Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$66,087 - $147,200
MEDIAN: $100,931

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$68,235 - $167,761  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Benefits Director

Survey results show that Benefits Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Vendor Management and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources Information System. The majority of those who know Benefits Administration also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Director

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $83K. Benefits Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $97K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $111K.

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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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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


77 %
23 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%