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.
A payroll and benefits administrator typically works in an office environment, though certain environments such as retail establishments may require the administrator to perform customer service duties when the need arises. In most instances, the administrator works during regular business hours.
A basic knowledge of computers is necessary, including proficiency in common office applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite. The administrator should be familiar with payroll systems and tax laws. Strong verbal and written communications are necessary to address employee concerns and questions. Attention to detail is a must, as the position requires meticulous record-keeping and accuracy in payroll and benefits expenditures. A bachelor's degree is not always a requirement, but prospective employers prefer candidates with either academic study in accounting or business, or with previous experience in payroll or human resources.
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.