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Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

The majority of Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States — just under two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $85K per year, and the median is $58K annually. Final cash compensation to Payroll & Benefits Managers varies from around $39K to approximately $85K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Payroll & Benefits Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,088 - $82,257
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,308
10%
50%
90%

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$13.85 - $30.42
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$41,088 - $82,257  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,032  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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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$38,619 - $84,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 410
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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $30.42  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $39.56  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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).
)
$38,619 - $84,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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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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Payroll & Benefits Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Human Resources Director. The latter position pays an average of $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 suggest that Payroll & Benefits Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Benefits & Compensation, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Benefits Administration are, more often than not, 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.


For Payroll & Benefits Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $55K. Payroll & Benefits Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $62K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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)
up arrow 20%


Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$56,000

Benefits Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%


Human Resources
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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