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Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $84K per year, median earnings come to $57K annually. Total incomes of Payroll & Benefits Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $38K and $84K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Payroll & Benefits Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$40,769 - $81,163
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,373
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$13.91 - $30.37
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,769 - $81,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,132  
Profit Sharing
$1,268 - $4,989  
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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$38,128 - $83,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $30.37  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $38.42  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,268 - $4,989  
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).
)
$38,128 - $83,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
United States (change)

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 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. With an annual salary of $58K, Human Resources Manager is the most common role for Payroll & Benefits Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Payroll & Benefits Administration Manager role — which usually pays $50K — is also typical for Payroll & Benefits Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Survey results imply that Payroll & Benefits Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Human Resources Information System and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Benefits Administration also 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll & Benefits Managers make a median salary of $59K. 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 21%


ADP Payroll System
up arrow 1%

Payroll Tax Compliance
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Payroll Administration
0%

Benefits Administration
0%

Accounting
0%

National Average
$55,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 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
39%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%