Benefits Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Benefits Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Benefits Directors are female. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Job satisfaction for Benefits Directors is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$68,761 - $139,402

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$68,761 - $139,402  
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$69,045 - $153,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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 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 22 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources Information System. Those proficient in Benefits Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Director

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. Benefits Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $123K.

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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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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.


80 %
20 %

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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%