Benefits Specialist Salary

Benefits Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K annually. Final cash compensation to Benefits Specialists varies from around $32K to approximately $63K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $5K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Benefits Specialists (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,532 - $65,691
$36K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,903
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$13.89 - $24.87
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MEDIAN: $18.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,532 - $65,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,902  
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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$31,921 - $63,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 834
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$21.46 - $37.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
   
Commission
$2,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,902  
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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$31,921 - $63,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 467
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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. When Benefits Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Human Resources Generalists or Benefits Managers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $24K, 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 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. The majority of those who know Benefits Administration also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher 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. For Benefits Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,714

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

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Benefits Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Benefits Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Irvine (+24 percent), Boston (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Portland and Madison are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, 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
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries

▲21%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$45,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries

ADP Benefits System
▲12%


Data Analysis
▲9%





Benefits & Compensation
▼0%

National Average
$45,000





Human Resources
▼3%

Insurance
▼7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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