Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

Most Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $47K per year. Pay ranges from $33K on the low end to $61K per year on the high end. Final cash compensation to Payroll & Benefits Administrators varies from around $33K to approximately $61K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $8K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll & Benefits Administrators. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,956 - $63,910
(Median)
$36K
$47K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,961
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$14.21 - $24.31
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,956 - $63,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,912  
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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$32,958 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$21.76 - $36.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,912  
   
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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$32,958 - $61,379  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Human Resources Director, where median compensation is $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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Benefits Administration are also skilled 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.


Payroll & Benefits Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. 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 $47K.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




Microsoft Excel
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Benefits & Compensation
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ADP Time and Attendance System
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Microsoft Word
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Benefits Administration
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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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Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 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: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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