Benefits Director Salary

On average, Benefits Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($100K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. For the most part, Benefits Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$68,894 - $139,934
MEDIAN: $100,114

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$69,172 - $153,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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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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Benefits Directors report a focused set 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 21 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources Information System. Benefits Administration and Regulatory Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Director

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Benefits Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. For Benefits Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $125K on average.

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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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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


79 %
21 %

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: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%