Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

The majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States — over one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $65K per year, and the median is $50K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Payroll & Benefits Administrators spread between $36K and $65K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Work is enjoyable for Payroll & Benefits Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,795 - $66,917
$39K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,049
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50%
90%

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$15.01 - $26.86
$15
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.90
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,795 - $66,917  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,310  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,734  
Commission
$12,500  
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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$35,577 - $65,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $26.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.50 - $43.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$250.00 - $5,310  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,734  
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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$35,577 - $65,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 274

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


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It's not very common for Payroll & Benefits Administrators to move on to become Human Resources Directors. Average pay for a Human Resources Director is $80K annually. Human Resources Managers or Payroll Managers are common next-step roles for Payroll & Benefits Administrators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Human Resources Managers is $11K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Payroll Managers.

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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, Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable. Those proficient in Benefits Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Human Resources and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Payroll & Benefits Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll & Benefits Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 239 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll & Benefits Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Payroll & Benefits Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 254 salaries. A Payroll & Benefits Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 140 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,877

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Payroll & Benefits Administrators, 30 percent higher than the national average. Payroll & Benefits Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+19 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boston (7 percent less) and Orlando (6 percent less).

Payroll & Benefits Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Payroll & Benefits Administrator?

Payroll & Benefits Administrator in Manchester:
"Payroll and benefits administration."
Pros: I enjoy interacting with employees and managers. I enjoy problem solving. Learning new things about Payroll and Benefits. Small office and not too stressful. Managing large projects.
Cons: No room for growth.

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Key Stats for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼2%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 17%
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