The average Benefits Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Total incomes of Benefits Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $32K and $63K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Benefits Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,344 - $64,675
$35K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,618
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$13.80 - $24.77
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MEDIAN: $18.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,344 - $64,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,800  
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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$31,809 - $62,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 889
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $36.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,800  
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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$31,809 - $62,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 484

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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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As Benefits Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Compensation & Benefits Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Compensation & Benefits Managers earn $81K on average per year. Benefits Specialists typically move into roles as Human Resources Generalists or Benefits Managers, and those positions pay $3K more and $24K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Benefits Administration are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

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


For Benefits Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Benefits Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Benefits Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,745

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

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Benefits Specialists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Benefits Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+24 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Workers in Baltimore and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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 212 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries

ADP Benefits System
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Data Analysis
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Human Resources
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Microsoft Excel
0%

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National Average
$45,000




Insurance
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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