Payroll & Benefits Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about three in five of Payroll & Benefits Managers. Pay fluctuates from $40K to $90K per year, but expected earnings average $63K per year. Total cash earnings of Payroll & Benefits Managers range from $40K on the low end to $90K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Payroll & Benefits Managers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$44,420 - $85,797
(Median)
$44K
$63K
$86K
MEDIAN: $62,667
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50%
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$14.92 - $28.09
(Median)
$15
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,420 - $85,797  
   
Bonus
$679 - $10,060  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,728  
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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$40,403 - $90,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $28.09  
   
Overtime
$23.57 - $53.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$679 - $10,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,728  
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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$40,403 - $90,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Payroll & Benefits Managers move into roles as Human Resources Directors, where pay is an average $80K per year. Many Payroll & Benefits Managers go on to become Human Resources Managers or Payroll & Benefits Administration Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Payroll & Benefits Managers seem to require a number of specific 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 6 percent and 12 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

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 inexperienced worker earns $51K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $57K. Payroll & Benefits Managers see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,629

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For Payroll & Benefits Managers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Payroll & Benefits Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent) and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and San Diego (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries




Benefits Administration
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Accounting
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$61,000

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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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