Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (United States)

Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $42,956 annually for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $31,725 to $57,768 per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$34,841 - $60,430
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MEDIAN: $44,904
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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$14.07 - $23.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,841 - $60,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,032  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,450  
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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$31,725 - $57,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $35.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,450  
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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$31,725 - $57,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Payroll & Benefits Administrators. At the upper end, those who move into a Human Resources (HR) Director role can bring in an extra $35K per year. Payroll & Benefits Administrators most often move into positions as Payroll & Benefits Managers or Human Resources (HR) Generalists, where they can expect an extra $7,622 or $3,280 per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Time and Attendance System, ADP Payroll System, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use and Accounts Payable. It is often found that people who know Benefits Administration are also skilled in 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.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $40K range but grow to $44K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $45K. Payroll & Benefits Administrators' pay declines to $45K, on average, after racking up two decades of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Seattle, Atlanta, and San Francisco, top-paying markets where Payroll & Benefits Administrators rake in more than the national norm (+30 percent, +25 percent, +9 percent, and +5 percent).

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries

National Average
$43,000

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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Benefits Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$43,000
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%