Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $48K annually. Pay generally varies between $34K and $63K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Payroll & Benefits Administrators can bottom out at $34K or peak near $63K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,265 - $64,381
(Median)
$36K
$48K
$64K
MEDIAN: $47,794
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$14.20 - $24.88
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,265 - $64,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,015  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,170  
Commission
$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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$33,640 - $62,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $24.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.18 - $36.80  
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 - $5,015  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,170  
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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$33,640 - $62,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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 a much higher $79K per year. It is quite typical for Payroll & Benefits Administrators to transition into roles as Human Resources Managers or Payroll & Benefits Managers, where reported median earnings are $13K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, Employee Relations, Payroll Tax Compliance, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Those proficient in Benefits Administration are, more often than not, 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.


For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Payroll & Benefits Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries





Benefits & Compensation
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Microsoft Word
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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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Payroll Administration
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Accounting
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$45,000

Human Resources
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Accounts Payable
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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