Benefits Director Salary

Benefits Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($102K) annually in the United States. 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 $70K and $164K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Benefits Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Benefits Directors making up 78 percent. Most claim medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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. 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.

Benefits Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $65K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $81K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $100K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $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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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%