Payroll & Benefits Administrator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $47K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $61K per year. Overall cash earnings for Payroll & Benefits Administrators stretch from $33K on the lower end to $61K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Payroll & Benefits Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,855 - $63,485
(Median)
$36K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,947
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$14.25 - $24.28
(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
$35,855 - $63,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,897  
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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$32,790 - $60,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $24.28  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $36.10  
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 - $4,897  
   
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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$32,790 - $60,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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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 $78K per year. Typical career progression for a Payroll & Benefits Administrator involves becoming a Human Resources Manager or a Payroll & Benefits Manager, roles that pay $14K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Administrator


Payroll & Benefits Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Human Resources System, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Payroll & Benefits Administrators see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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Benefits Administration
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Microsoft Word
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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
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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