Payroll & Benefits Specialist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Payroll & Benefits Specialist is $45,529 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are ADP Payroll System and Benefits Administration.
Payroll & Benefits Specialist Total Pay (?
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$32,346 - $59,631
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MEDIAN: $45,528
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Payroll & Benefits Specialist Total Pay (?
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$13.55 - $23.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,346 - $59,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,102  
Profit Sharing
$35.51 - $3,893  
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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$30,591 - $58,460  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $23.99  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,102  
   
Profit Sharing
$35.51 - $3,893  
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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$30,591 - $58,460  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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
  • Prepare payroll related journal entries for period-end.
  • Audit employee timesheets for hours worked and accuracy.
  • Maintain, prepare and process payroll for organization personnel.
  • Compile and submit payroll deductions related check requests and payments.
  • Maintain current knowledge of IRS regulations.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

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Gender
Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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