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Benefits Specialist Salary

For Benefits Specialists, annual average wages total $46K per year. Cash earnings for Benefits Specialists — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $62K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Benefits Specialists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Benefits Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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
$18
$25
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 (?
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$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.

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 $79K on average per year. 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 takers working as Benefits Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Benefits System, Human Resources Information System, Data Analysis, and Leave of Absence Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Benefits Specialists bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Benefits Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Benefits Specialists, 23 percent above the national average. Benefits Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in San Antonio and 10 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 11%


Benefits Administration
up arrow 3%

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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