Benefits Specialist Salary

The average Benefits Specialist in the United States earns approximately $47K per year. Final cash compensation to Benefits Specialists varies from around $31K to approximately $62K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Benefits Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,736 - $62,536
(Median)
$35K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,722
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$13.47 - $24.99
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,736 - $62,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,918  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$31,486 - $61,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$20.14 - $37.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,918  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$31,486 - $61,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 502
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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain records and procedures for the administration process.
  • Analyze employee benefits data to ensure accuracy, including service from third party vendors.

Common Career Paths for Benefits Specialist


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Benefits Specialists who go on to become Compensation & Benefits Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Compensation & Benefits Managers is $80K annually. Benefits Specialists most often move into positions as Human Resources Generalists or Benefits Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Survey results imply that Benefits Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in 401k Plan Administration, ADP Benefits System, Data Analysis, and Human Resources Information System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Benefits Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,895

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

For Benefits Specialists, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Benefits Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and St. Louis (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Benefits Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Benefits Specialist?

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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Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries


ADP Benefits System
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%



Benefits Administration
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Retirement Plan Administration
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Benefits & Compensation
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National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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