Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $50K per year on average but can range from $35K to $66K per year. Total cash compensation to Payroll & Benefits Administrators bottoms out near $35K and approaches $66K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,169 - $66,511
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,882
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$14.63 - $26.05
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$38,169 - $66,511  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $5,367  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$34,673 - $65,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $26.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.24 - $40.26  
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
$201.34 - $5,367  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$34,673 - $65,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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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Though some Payroll & Benefits Administrators move into positions like Human Resources Director (where the average salary is $80K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Payroll & Benefits Administrator is to become a Human Resources Manager or a Payroll & Benefits Manager. Compared to Payroll & Benefits Administrators, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Survey results imply that Payroll & Benefits Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, Microsoft Word, Payroll Tax Compliance, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources. Most people familiar with Benefits Administration also know 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.


Payroll & Benefits Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. Payroll & Benefits Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,520

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For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Payroll & Benefits Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+19 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Orlando (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Payroll & Benefits Administrator Reviews

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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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries





Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Benefits Administration
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Benefits & Compensation
0%

Employee Relations
0%

National Average
$48,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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