Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

With just below two-thirds of Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $39K to $84K per year and averages out to $58K annually. Total cash compensation for Payroll & Benefits Managers runs from $39K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,065 - $82,107
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,148
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$13.47 - $29.99
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,065 - $82,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,951  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$38,695 - $84,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $29.99  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $38.93  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,951  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$38,695 - $84,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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While Payroll & Benefits Managers do not often become Human Resources Directors, the job pays $78K per year on average. Becoming a Human Resources Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Payroll & Benefits Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $58K. Another frequent advance is for Payroll & Benefits Managers to assume a Payroll & Benefits Administration Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $50K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Benefits & Compensation, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Benefits Administration are also skilled in ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Manager

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


Payroll & Benefits Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Payroll & Benefits Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $62K.

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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ADP Payroll System
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Accounting
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Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$56,000

Benefits Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%


Human Resources
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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