Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $47K per year for pay. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $61K per year. Total cash compensation for Payroll & Benefits Administrators runs from $33K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Payroll & Benefits Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,033 - $63,699

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$14.19 - $24.32

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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,033 - $63,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,856  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $7,550  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$33,052 - $61,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $24.32  
   
Overtime
$21.70 - $36.13  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,856  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $7,550  
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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$33,052 - $61,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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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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For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, progressing to a Human Resources Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Human Resources Director can earn $78K annually. Payroll & Benefits Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Human Resources Managers or Payroll & Benefits Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Payroll & Benefits Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $47K.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




Benefits & Compensation
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Benefits Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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ADP Time and Attendance System
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Microsoft Word
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Accounting
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$44,000

Human Resources
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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