Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

The majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States — around half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $35K to $65K per year, and the median is $50K annually. In the world of Payroll & Benefits Administrators, total cash compensation can vary between $35K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $3K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Payroll & Benefits Administrators is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,172 - $66,493
$38K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,805
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $26.55
$15
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.87
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,172 - $66,493  
   
Bonus
$209.69 - $5,181  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,221  
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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$34,989 - $65,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $26.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.42 - $41.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$209.69 - $5,181  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,221  
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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$34,989 - $65,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262

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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 who advance into the role of a Human Resources Director are fairly uncommon. Human Resources Directors on average earn $80K per year. Typical career progression for a Payroll & Benefits Administrator involves becoming a Human Resources Manager or a Payroll Manager, roles that pay $11K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Survey results imply that Payroll & Benefits Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll & Benefits Administrators make a median salary of $49K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,649

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

Payroll & Benefits Administrators will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Payroll & Benefits Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+20 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (6 percent lower) and Orlando (5 percent lower).

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
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$48,000

▼2%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries








Payroll Administration
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ADP Time and Attendance System
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National Average
$48,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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