Benefits Director Salary

Wages for Benefits Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. In the world of Benefits Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $36K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $69K and $160K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Benefits Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a majority earn vision coverage. Benefits Directors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,765 - $146,650
MEDIAN: $101,468

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$67,765 - $146,650  
$0.00 - $28,746  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $35,759  
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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).
$69,320 - $160,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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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Popular Skills for

Benefits Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance and Vendor Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources Information System. Most people who know Benefits Administration also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Benefits Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $65K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $81K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $127K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Vendor Management
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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 39 votes.


81 %
19 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%