Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $42,956 per year. Pay generally spreads from $31,725 to $57,768 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $4,032 from bonuses and close to $7,450 from profit sharing—generally runs from $34,841 to $60,430. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and about half earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$34,841 - $60,430
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MEDIAN: $44,904
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Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary (?
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$14.07 - $23.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,841 - $60,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,032  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,450  
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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$31,725 - $57,768  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $35.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,450  
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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$31,725 - $57,768  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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 experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Human Resources (HR) Director may bring in a lot more money — an additional $35K annually. When Payroll & Benefits Administrators are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Payroll & Benefits Managers or Human Resources (HR) Generalists, where they can expect an additional $7,622 or $3,280 per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Payroll & Benefits Administrators report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Time and Attendance System, ADP Payroll System, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use and Accounts Payable. 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.
Salaries start at $40K, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $45K. Pay actually shrinks for Payroll & Benefits Administrators after two decades in the profession, averaging $45K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 19 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Payroll & Benefits Administrators, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 56 percent above the national average. New York, Seattle, Atlanta, and San Francisco also offer top salaries for Payroll & Benefits Administrators. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 30 percent, 25 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent more, respectively.

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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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Benefits Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$43,000
Human Resources
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Microsoft Word
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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 195 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%
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