A substantial slice of final earnings for Payroll & Benefits Managers (close to one-third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $61K. Total cash compensation for Payroll & Benefits Managers runs from $40K to $90K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,787 - $85,401
$44K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $62,985
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$15.39 - $27.57
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MEDIAN: $20.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,787 - $85,401  
   
Bonus
$494.93 - $9,973  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,728  
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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$40,084 - $89,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.39 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$23.90 - $43.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$494.93 - $9,973  
   
Commission
$20,000  
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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$40,084 - $89,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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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As Payroll & Benefits Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Human Resources Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Human Resources Managers earn $85K on average per year. Payroll & Benefits Managers go on to become Human Resources Managers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $59K. Payroll & Benefits Managers who move into a Human Resources Director role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $80K.

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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, ADP Payroll System, and Benefits Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources. Most people skilled in Benefits Administration are similarly competent 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $51K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $58K on average. Payroll & Benefits Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. 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: $60,652

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For Payroll & Benefits Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll & Benefits Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent) and Chicago (+4 percent). Payroll & Benefits Managers in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (13 percent lower) and San Diego (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Payroll & Benefits Manager

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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