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Benefits Specialist Salary

A Benefits Specialist earns an average salary of $46,446 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are ADP Benefits System, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and Data Analysis. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$34,353 - $62,778
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,446
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$13.46 - $24.71
(Median)
$13
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,353 - $62,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,886  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
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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$31,450 - $62,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 987
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $24.71  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $37.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,886  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
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).
)
$31,450 - $62,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394

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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.

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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
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Data Analysis
up arrow 11%


Benefits Administration
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Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 2%

Retirement Plan Administration
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 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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