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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $46K annually on average. Earnings sit near $32K on the lower side but can approach $60K per year on the higher side. Cash earnings for Payroll & Benefits Administrators — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $60K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,589 - $63,144
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,291
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$14.26 - $23.98
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,589 - $63,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,109  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $7,500  
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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$32,413 - $60,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $23.98  
   
Overtime
$21.50 - $35.97  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $7,500  
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).
)
$32,413 - $60,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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Job Description for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

A payroll and benefits administrator is responsible for managing a company's employee compensation and benefits system. Among the duties of the payroll and benefits administrator are ensuring the smooth operation of employee payment and explaining and implementing employees' benefits packages. The payroll and benefits administrator may also be assigned some tasks relating to human resources, such as drafting employee schedules, performing background checks on prospective applicants, handling worker's compensation claims, and conducting performance evaluations. The payroll and benefits administrator is expected to understand laws and regulations pertaining to employee compensation and ensure that their organization adheres to such standards.

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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Tasks

  • Communicate with employees and management about benefits options and usage.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with federal and local regulations, auditing, and non-discrimination laws.
  • Manage and analyze employee benefit programs, research issues, and track usage data.
  • Process payroll, including updating employee numbers, hours, garnishments, benefits and vacation, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


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Payroll & Benefits Administrators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Human Resources Director. The latter position pays an average of $78K annually. Typical career progression for a Payroll & Benefits Administrator involves becoming a Payroll & Benefits Manager or a Human Resources Manager, roles that pay $7K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Payroll System, ADP Time and Attendance System, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with Benefits Administration also know Human Resources and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

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


For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Payroll & Benefits Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




Benefits & Compensation
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Benefits Administration
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$44,000

Accounts Payable
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Human Resources
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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