Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

The majority of Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $84K per year, and the median is $59K annually. Total cash compensation to Payroll & Benefits Managers bottoms out near $39K and approaches $84K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Payroll & Benefits Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,262 - $82,295
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,141
10%
50%
90%

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$13.88 - $28.86
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,262 - $82,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,467  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$38,785 - $84,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $28.86  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $40.24  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,467  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$38,785 - $84,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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Job Description for Payroll & Benefits Manager

Payroll and benefits managers are responsible for creating and distributing information about payroll, benefits, and other employee-related programs for their organization. They are in charge of facilitating benefits and compensation programs for employees. These managers produce program information, create materials to promote payroll incentives, and schedule and participate in training sessions for new payroll and benefits programs. Payroll and benefits managers attend company meetings to report their progress to executives and use a personal computer to track their progress, keep accurate records, and communicate with internal staff and external partners. They also process payroll and benefits requests after reviewing program requirements.

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Payroll & Benefits Manager Tasks

  • Maintain and update payroll database system.
  • Input new employees into payroll database and keep employee information up to date.
  • Conduct audits of tax forms, payroll balance sheets, and benefits.
  • Supervise processing of employee payroll and distribution of paychecks.
  • Oversee employee education about company benefits and enrollment in programs.

Common Career Paths for Payroll & Benefits Manager


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Payroll & Benefits Managers do not often transition into Human Resources Director roles. The role averages $79K per year. Going from Payroll & Benefits Manager to Human Resources Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $58K. Many others choose to work as Payroll & Benefits Administration Managers, where pay is typically $50K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Payroll & Benefits Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources. Those familiar with Benefits Administration also tend to know ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Payroll & Benefits Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $57K. Payroll & Benefits Managers bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $64K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,358

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Payroll & Benefits Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Payroll & Benefits Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent) and Los Angeles (+2 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Indianapolis and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 16%


Accounting
up arrow 4%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 3%

Benefits Administration
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Human Resources
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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