Payroll & Benefits Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $49K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,645 - $65,651
$37K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,834
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90%

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$15.33 - $26.62
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$27
MEDIAN: $19.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,645 - $65,651  
   
Bonus
$499.17 - $9,910  
Profit Sharing
$3,265  
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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$34,341 - $63,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $26.62  
   
Overtime
$22.44 - $43.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$499.17 - $9,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,265  
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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$34,341 - $63,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 143

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Job Description for Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Payroll and benefits specialists handle accounting and finance tasks related to business operation and taxes, especially in regards to filing and distribution of audits, payroll, and W-2s. They maintain payroll data, prepare checks, obtain relevant data (such as salary adjustments), and help prepare W-2s. They may also disseminate information about payroll to staff and conduct trainings as necessary. Customer service skills are sometimes part of this role, as maintaining investment and retirement funds are occasionally required. Depending on the industry, payroll specialists may be employed in human resources, warehouse/shipping (due to experience with operation software, shipping systems, and related systems), or within their own department (payroll). This position is generally full time, although overtime may be required as deadlines approach.

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Payroll & Benefits Specialist Tasks

  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.

Common Career Paths for Payroll & Benefits Specialist


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At the upper end, Payroll & Benefits Specialists who move into a Human Resources Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Human Resources Managers is a much higher $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll & Benefits Specialist


Survey results imply that Payroll & Benefits Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, UltiPro, and Benefits Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Benefits Administration also know Microsoft Excel and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Payroll & Benefits Specialists bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $49K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,325

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

Home to some of the best pay for Payroll & Benefits Specialists, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Payroll & Benefits Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), St. Louis (+8 percent), and Madison (+4 percent). Tampa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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Key Stats for Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Payroll & Benefits Specialist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Payroll & Benefits Specialist Salaries

Payroll Tax Compliance
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UltiPro (Ultimate Software)
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Benefits & Compensation
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National Average
$46,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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