Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

With just below two-thirds of Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Payroll & Benefits Managers is $59K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $84K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Payroll & Benefits Managers spread between $39K and $84K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,262 - $82,295
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,141
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90%

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$13.88 - $28.86
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,262 - $82,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,467  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$38,785 - $84,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $28.86  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $40.24  
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
$0.00 - $8,467  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$38,785 - $84,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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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There are some Payroll & Benefits Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Human Resources Directors, where earnings are an average $79K 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


Payroll & Benefits Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources Information System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources. Most people familiar with 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.


Payroll & Benefits Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. For Payroll & Benefits Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $61K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,358

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

Payroll & Benefits Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Payroll & Benefits Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent) and Los Angeles (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (8 percent lower) and Seattle (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Manager Salaries

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
up arrow 16%


Accounting
up arrow 4%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 3%

Benefits Administration
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Human Resources
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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