Benefits Specialist Salary

Benefits Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $47K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Benefits Specialists stretch from $31K on the lower end to $62K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits Specialists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,357 - $63,101

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$13.52 - $24.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,357 - $63,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
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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$31,405 - $62,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,039
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$19.74 - $37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
   
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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$31,405 - $62,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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. 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 $23K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Benefits Specialist


Survey results imply that Benefits Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Benefits System, Data Analysis, Human Resources Information System, and Leave of Absence Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Benefits Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Benefits Specialist

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


Benefits Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. For Benefits Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Benefits Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Benefits Specialists that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Benefits Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+13 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 Charlotte and 12 percent less in San Antonio, 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 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%



Benefits Administration
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Benefits & Compensation
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Retirement Plan Administration
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National Average
$45,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Human Resources
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 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
23%
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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