Benefits Specialist Salary (United States)

The average Benefits Specialist in the United States earns approximately $43,994 annually. Pay starts at $31,240 and can approach $61,855 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation to Benefits Specialists bottoms out near $34,369 and approaches $62,586 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $4,972 from bonuses and almost $7,000 from profit sharing. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Benefits Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Benefits Specialist Salary (?
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$34,369 - $62,586
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MEDIAN: $46,036
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Benefits Specialist Salary (?
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$13.28 - $24.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,369 - $62,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,972  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $7,000  
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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$31,240 - $61,855  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 881
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $24.50  
   
Overtime
$19.70 - $37.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $7,000  
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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$31,240 - $61,855  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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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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For Benefits Specialists, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Human Resources (HR) Director will earn $34K more than someone not as far along in their career. When Benefits Specialists are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Human Resources (HR) Generalists or Benefits Managers, where they can expect an additional $2,250 or $22K per year.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist

Survey results suggest that Benefits Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Benefits System, Leave of Absence Administration, Benefits Administration, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Benefits Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Benefits Specialists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. New salaries start at $41K and reach $46K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $49K. Salary increase slows as Benefits Specialists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $50K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$44,000
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Benefits Specialists in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Minneapolis, Washington, Houston, and Los Angeles also offer top salaries for Benefits Specialists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 23 percent, 17 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. Benefits Specialists in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—20 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. San Antonio and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -9 percent and -8 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries

ADP Benefits System
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Benefits Administration
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National Average
$44,000
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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