Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Payroll & Benefits Managers (approximately one in three) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $61K. Cash earnings for Payroll & Benefits Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $91K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Payroll & Benefits Managers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,992 - $85,716
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$64K
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MEDIAN: $63,544
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$15.16 - $27.46
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MEDIAN: $20.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,992 - $85,716  
   
Bonus
$492.44 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,681  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$40,374 - $90,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $27.46  
   
Overtime
$24.57 - $49.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$492.44 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,681  
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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$40,374 - $90,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Payroll & Benefits Manager


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Payroll & Benefits Managers who go on to become Senior Human Resources Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Human Resources Managers is $85K annually. Given that the median pay is $59K, it may be surprising to find that a Human Resources Manager is the most common role for Payroll & Benefits Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Human Resources Director role — which pays $80K — is also typical for Payroll & Benefits Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Payroll & Benefits Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, and Benefits Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources. Most people who know Benefits Administration also know ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Manager

Pay by Experience for a Payroll & Benefits Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll & Benefits Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 99 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll & Benefits Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 120 salaries. An experienced Payroll & Benefits Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 177 salaries. A Payroll & Benefits Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,399

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Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Payroll & Benefits Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll & Benefits Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+38 percent) and New York (+27 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Payroll & Benefits Managers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Payroll & Benefits Manager

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

▲16%

▲13%

National Average
$61,000

▼5%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 17%
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