Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (around one in three) of final income for Payroll & Benefits Managers. That final number averages out to $62K across the industry. Total cash earnings of Payroll & Benefits Managers range from $41K on the low end to $89K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $11K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Payroll & Benefits Managers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,326 - $85,735
$46K
$63K
$86K
MEDIAN: $63,206
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$15.62 - $28.09
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$28
MEDIAN: $20.23
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$0$89K
Salary $46,326 - $85,735
Bonus $587 - $9,832
Profit Sharing $830 - $10,644
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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$41,376 - $89,095
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 338
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $15.62 - $28.09
Overtime $24.30 - $48.75
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $587 - $9,832
Commission $20,000
Profit Sharing $830 - $10,644
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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$41,376 - $89,095
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Human Resources Manager. The latter position pays an average of $85K annually. More often than not, a Human Resources Manager role is the next step for Payroll & Benefits Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Human Resources Managers is usually $59K. Many Payroll & Benefits Managers choose to take on a Human Resources Director role instead, where salaries are typically $80K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Survey results suggest that Payroll & Benefits Managers use a fairly large toolkit 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources. Those familiar with Benefits Administration also tend to 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: $61,571

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

Surpassing the national average by 45 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 (+26 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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

National Average
$62,000

▼5%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 13%
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