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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (United States)

Most Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $46K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $59K per year. In the world of Payroll & Benefits Administrators, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $59K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$35,684 - $62,146
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MEDIAN: $45,519
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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$14.16 - $23.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,684 - $62,146  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,959  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,500  
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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$32,175 - $59,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $23.82  
   
Overtime
$21.41 - $35.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,500  
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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$32,175 - $59,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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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At the upper end, Payroll & Benefits Administrators who move into a Human Resources Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Directors is $78K per year. When Payroll & Benefits Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Payroll & Benefits Managers or Human Resources Managers. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $14K, respectively.

Benefits & Payroll Administrator Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Time and Attendance System, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those 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.
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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll & Benefits Administrators make a median salary of $46K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $45K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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Surpassing the national average by 51 percent, Payroll & Benefits Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll & Benefits Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries

Benefits & Compensation
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$43,000
Human Resources
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%