Employee Benefits Specialist Salary

The average Employee Benefits Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Employee Benefits Specialists can bottom out at $33K or peak near $65K. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Employee Benefits Specialists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Job satisfaction for Employee Benefits Specialists is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,306 - $67,410
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,233
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90%

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$14.18 - $25.11
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$34,306 - $67,410  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,136  
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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$32,671 - $65,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $25.11  
   
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 - $5,136  
   
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).
)
$32,671 - $65,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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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Employee Benefits Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Benefits Administration and Human Resources are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Employee Benefits Specialists see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Employee Benefits Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Employee Benefits Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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 63 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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