Benefits Specialist Salary

Benefits Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. In the world of Benefits Specialists, overall income ranges from $31K near the bottom to $62K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women account for the majority of Benefits Specialists who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,304 - $62,919
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,508
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$13.50 - $24.78
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,304 - $62,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,863  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,953  
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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$31,364 - $62,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,029
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $24.78  
   
Overtime
$19.66 - $37.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,953  
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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$31,364 - $62,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Compensation & Benefits Manager. The latter position pays an average of $79K annually. It is quite typical for Benefits Specialists to transition into roles as Human Resources Generalists or Benefits Managers, where reported median earnings are $2K and $23K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Benefits Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in ADP Benefits System, Data Analysis, Human Resources Information System, and Leave of Absence Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know 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.


For Benefits Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $54K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Benefits Specialists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Benefits Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. San Antonio and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Benefits Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Benefits Specialist?

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 13%

Data Analysis
up arrow 10%



Benefits Administration
up arrow 3%

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

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Human Resources
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 11%
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