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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 $46K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $60K per year. Cash earnings for Payroll & Benefits Administrators — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $60K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Job satisfaction for Payroll & Benefits Administrators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,774 - $63,358
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,017
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$14.27 - $23.95
(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
$35,774 - $63,358  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
Profit Sharing
$377.52 - $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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$32,489 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.27 - $23.95  
   
Overtime
$21.55 - $35.94  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$377.52 - $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).
)
$32,489 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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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 who go on to become Human Resources Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Human Resources Directors is $78K annually. Payroll & Benefits Administrators typically move into roles as Payroll & Benefits Managers or Human Resources Managers, and those positions pay $7K more and $14K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Payroll System, ADP Time and Attendance System, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. 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.


For Payroll & Benefits Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Payroll & Benefits Administrators bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salaries



ADP Time and Attendance System
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Accounting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Benefits Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$44,000

Human Resources
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%