Benefits Specialist Salary

Benefits Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K per year. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Benefits Specialists spread between $32K and $64K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Women account for the majority of Benefits Specialists who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Benefits Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,732 - $66,356
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$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,176
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$13.99 - $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,732 - $66,356  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,050  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,959  
Commission
$2,850  
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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$32,063 - $64,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 890
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $25.00  
   
Overtime
$21.54 - $37.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,050  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,959  
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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$32,063 - $64,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 513

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Job Description for Benefits Specialist

A company with a large number of employees holding company-sponsored benefits may have a benefits specialist. Much of the specialist's work involves administration of the organization’s health plan and providing information to employees related to these benefits. The benefits specialist helps select administrators of the organization’s employee retirement plans as well.

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Benefits Specialist Tasks

  • Maintain records and procedures for the administration process.
  • Analyze employee benefits data to ensure accuracy, including service from third party vendors.
  • Participate in preparation and communication to employees about benefit programs, procedures, claims and any other government mandated disclosures.
  • Administer and provide specialized support for employee benefits programs.

Common Career Paths for Benefits Specialist


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At the upper end, Benefits Specialists who move into a Compensation & Benefits Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Compensation & Benefits Managers is a much higher $81K per year. Typical career progression for a Benefits Specialist involves becoming a Human Resources Generalist or a Benefits Manager, roles that pay $3K more and $24K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Benefits Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Benefits System, Data Analysis, 401k Plan Administration, and Human Resources Information System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Insurance, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Human Resources. It is often found that people who know Benefits Administration are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Benefits Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Benefits Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 748 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Benefits Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 401 salaries. An experienced Benefits Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 317 salaries. A Benefits Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 85 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,986

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For Benefits Specialists, New York provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Benefits Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Irvine (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Portland and 2 percent less in Madison, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Benefits Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Benefits Specialist?

Benefits Specialist in Atlanta:
Pros: This job has allowed me to see various areas of the company. Salary ranges matched up to jobs within the company as well.
Cons:

Benefits Specialist in San Angelo:
"Great Job Satisfaction / Low Pay."
Pros: Helping Veterans and Dependents with their federal and state education benefits provides a large amount of job satisfaction.
Cons: Long days, grumpy customers, and little recognition.

Benefits Specialist in Columbia:
"Helping People while Working from Anywhere!"
Pros: Work at home, interacting with employees, connecting employees with resources, providing emotional support to employees, my coworkers are great, free coffee, nice office, free parking, compassionate manager, and it is fairly low stress - I don't take the work home with me but on a few rare occasions.
Cons: Inexperienced leadership, frequent changes after acquisition by a larger company, and lack of transparency in communication and pay.

Benefits Specialist in Irving:
"Demanding. Constant changes with client benefits rules."
Pros: Challenging. Constant demand of attention and monitoring accounts. Technically challenging. Constantly solving issues. An opportunity to build a better system to run the programs.
Cons: Mostly human errors that are made daily. We train and yet we get things wrong.

Benefits Specialist in St. Paul:
"Challenging."
Pros: I like that every day is different. Every situation is different. Based on needs assessment, I help folks navigate through health care, work, and benefit options for their life. I also help folks access community resources. There's always something new to learn and it's often rewarding. Plus, my colleagues are great and they're open to respecting my trans* identity. (Hint: Payscale, you should have more than two options for gender.)
Cons: It can be challenging in not-so-good ways. This includes abusive callers who basically just called to yell at us, because clearly we're less than human since we're answering a phone line and don't deserve respect and decency. We also don't get communication about changes to health plans and benefits until our callers do or after they do. Additionally, there's a million little things we have to do that make the job nearly impossible. One of those is sending out surveys. There's only one day a week that is designated "Survey Day", and we have to send out 10 surveys a week. Because of how calls go and what callers are willing to do, the most I've ever sent out in a week is 7.

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Key Stats for Benefits Specialist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 226 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries

▲21%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries

ADP Benefits System
▲12%

Data Analysis
▲9%






National Average
$45,000


Benefits & Compensation
▼1%




Human Resources
▼3%

Insurance
▼8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%
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