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Employee Benefits Specialist Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Employee Benefits Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $47K per year. Incomes of Employee Benefits Specialists vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $32K on the low end and $66K on the high end. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. For the most part, Employee Benefits Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Employee Benefits Specialist Salary (?
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$32,669 - $67,795
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $47,218
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Employee Benefits Specialist Salary (?
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$14.17 - $25.58
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,669 - $67,795  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,166  
Profit Sharing
$240.88 - $4,932  
Commission
$1,965 - $10,056  
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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$32,026 - $66,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $25.58  
   
Overtime
$22.61 - $37.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,166  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $10,056  
Profit Sharing
$240.88 - $4,932  
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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$32,026 - $66,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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Job Description for Employee Benefits Specialist

  • 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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Employee Benefits Specialists note just a narrow range of job skills. Benefits Administration and Human Resources are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent respectively. Benefits Administration and Human Resources are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Employee Benefits Specialist

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly an eighth.

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Experience Affects Employee Benefits Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Employee Benefits Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 5%
National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%