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Benefits Specialist Salary

Benefits Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. In the world of Benefits Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $62K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Benefits Specialists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority (88 percent) of Benefits Specialists who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$34,455 - $63,141
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46K
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63K
MEDIAN: $46,485
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$13.34 - $24.50
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,455 - $63,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,951  
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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$31,311 - $62,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 921
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $24.50  
   
Overtime
$19.56 - $38.31  
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 - $4,951  
   
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).
)
$31,311 - $62,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Compensation & Benefits Manager. The average Compensation & Benefits Manager bring home $78K per year. The most common next step for a Benefits Specialist is to become a Human Resources Generalist or a Benefits Manager. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Benefits Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Human Resources Information System, ADP Benefits System, and Leave of Absence Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Benefits Specialists, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Benefits Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (12 percent lower) and St. Louis (9 percent lower).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Benefits Specialist Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Benefits Specialist Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 21%

ADP Benefits System
up arrow 13%


Benefits Administration
up arrow 3%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 2%

Retirement Plan Administration
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%