Benefits Director Salary

On average, Benefits Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($102K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash earnings for Benefits Directors stretch from $70K on the lower end to $164K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $29K from bonuses and $36K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Benefits Directors survey respondents are women (78 percent). A large number receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$68,022 - $148,879
MEDIAN: $102,049

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$68,022 - $148,879  
$0.00 - $28,670  
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).
$69,513 - $163,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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 Director

Benefits Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance and Vendor Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources Information System. For most people, competency in Benefits Administration indicates knowledge of Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Director

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

Benefits Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $65K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $81K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $128K.

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Experience Affects Benefits Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Benefits Director Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Vendor Management
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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 36 votes.


78 %
22 %

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: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%