Employee Benefits Administrator Salary

Over one-half of Employee Benefits Administrators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36K to $74K per year, but median earnings come to around $49K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Employee Benefits Administrators can bottom out near $36K or peak near $74K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Employee Benefits Administrators (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Employee Benefits Administrators is high.

$36,672 - $72,559
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,865
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$15.60 - $27.72
(Median)
$16
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,672 - $72,559  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,785  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,066  
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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$35,604 - $73,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $27.72  
   
Overtime
$8.36 - $42.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,785  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,066  
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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$35,604 - $73,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Employee Benefits Administrator

An employee benefits administrator selects, manages and administers employee benefits programs. Many organizations offer their employees a number of benefit programs, such as insurance or spending plans, in order to keep them motivated and upbeat. It is the employee benefits administrator's responsibility to direct and plan all operations involving employee benefits programs in the human resources department.

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Employee Benefits Administrator Tasks

  • Maintain records and procedures for the administration process.
  • Ensure accuracy of employee benefits data, including service from third party vendors.
  • Develop and prepare communications to employees about benefit programs, procedures, claims and any other government mandated disclosures.
  • Administer employee benefits programs.

Common Career Paths for Employee Benefits Administrator


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Employee Benefits Administrators who advance into the role of a Benefits Manager are fairly uncommon. Benefits Managers on average earn $68K per year. The most common promotion for Employee Benefits Administrators is Human Resources Manager, a position that typically pays $58K annually. Another standard transition for Employee Benefits Administrators seeking advancement is to assume a Human Resources Generalist role, where pay is often $47K.

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Employee Benefits Administrators usually report a few specific skills. 401k Plan Administration and Benefits Administration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Benefits Administrator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Employee Benefits Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $55K.

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Experience Affects Employee Benefits Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Employee Benefits Administrator Salaries

Benefits Administration
up arrow 3%

401k Plan Administration
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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