Employee Benefits Specialist Salary

The larger portion of Employee Benefits Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $48K annually. The range in cash compensation to Employee Benefits Specialists ($33K to $66K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Employee Benefits Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,370 - $67,841
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,003
10%
50%
90%

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$14.21 - $25.06
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,370 - $67,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,949  
Commission
$1,000 - $10,000  
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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$32,596 - $65,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $25.06  
   
Overtime
$22.40 - $36.96  
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 - $5,128  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,949  
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).
)
$32,596 - $65,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Job Description for Employee Benefits Specialist

Employee benefits specialists are responsible for ensuring that all qualified employees receive the benefits that they request. Their position is also of consultation, as they consult with employees to ensure that they receive the most suitable benefits packages. They also conduct negotiations with insurance companies to ensure this.

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Employee 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.

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Professional skills reported by Employee Benefits Specialists are few in number. Benefits Administration and Human Resources are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Benefits Specialist

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


Employee Benefits Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Employee Benefits Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Employee Benefits Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Employee Benefits Specialist Salaries

Benefits Administration
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Insurance
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 14%
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