Six-figure salaries are the norm for Benefits Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $99K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Benefits Directors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision insurance. The vast majority of Benefits Directors (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$64,031 - $141,813
$64K
$99K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,276
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$64,031 - $141,813  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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$67,193 - $166,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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.

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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


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 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources Information System and Benefits Administration. Most people 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Benefits Directors see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $109K.

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Key Stats for Benefits Director

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Benefits Director Salaries


National Average
$101,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Entry-Level
up arrow 40%

Skills That Affect Benefits Director Salaries

Vendor Management
up arrow 23%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$101,000

Benefits Administration
up arrow 3%

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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