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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 $45K annually for pay. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $58K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Payroll & Benefits Administrators can bottom out near $32K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Payroll & Benefits Administrators who advance to upper-end positions like Human Resources Director. Median pay for Human Resources Directors is $78K per year. Career advancement for the typical Payroll & Benefits Administrator often leads to becoming a Payroll & Benefits Manager or a Human Resources Generalist; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Payroll & Benefits Administrators report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. Those educated in Benefits Administration tend to be well versed 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.
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 $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll & Benefits Administrators make a median salary of $45K. For some reason, Payroll & Benefits Administrators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $45K. Over one-half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. 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 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining a little less than a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Payroll & Benefits Administrators, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 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
Human Resources
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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%