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Payroll & Benefits Manager Salary

Payroll & Benefits Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Payroll & Benefits Managers. Salaries average out to around $58K per year and spread from $38K to $85K per year. Cash earnings for Payroll & Benefits Managers — including $8K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $85K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,979 - $82,146
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,192
10%
50%
90%

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$13.93 - $31.04
(Median)
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$40,979 - $82,146  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,096  
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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$38,469 - $84,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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
$13.93 - $31.04  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $39.47  
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 - $8,096  
   
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).
)
$38,469 - $84,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Human Resources Director, where median compensation is $78K annually. More often than not, a Human Resources Manager role is the next step for Payroll & Benefits Managers moving up in the field. Human Resources Managers usually make $58K per year. Many other Payroll & Benefits Managers choose to take on a Payroll & Benefits Administration Manager role, where salaries are typically $50K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Manager


Payroll & Benefits Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Human Resources Information System, Benefits & Compensation, and Payroll Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those 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.


Payroll & Benefits Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. Payroll & Benefits Managers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $62K on average.

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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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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$56,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 113 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%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%