Benefits Director Salary

Benefits Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Benefits Directors survey respondents are women (74 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$62,017 - $142,030
$62K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,104
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Salary
$62,017 - $142,030  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $21,873  
Profit Sharing
$2,775  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$64,101 - $168,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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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

  • Ensure compliance of all plans and programs with governmental regulatory agencies.
  • Develop, recommend, and manage annual benefit budgets.
  • Oversee and build relationships with third-party benefit providers, auditors, brokers, and administrators.
  • Design and develop benefit programs and policies aligned with organizational objectives and goals.
  • Plan, implement, communicate and oversee the administration of employee benefits programs.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Director


Benefits Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Vendor Management, Regulatory Compliance, Benefits Administration, and Human Resources Information System (HRIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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

Pay by Experience for a Benefits Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Benefits Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Benefits Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Benefits Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 41 salaries. A Benefits Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $104,847

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Benefits Directors, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Benefits Directors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+3 percent). New York is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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Key Stats for Benefits Director

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Benefits Director Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$105,000

▼7%

Mid-Career
▼24%

Entry-Level
▼43%

Skills That Affect Benefits Director Salaries

Vendor Management
▲18%


National Average
$105,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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