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Become A Benefits Advisor

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Working As A Benefits Advisor

  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $60,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Benefits Advisor Do

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists conduct an organization’s compensation and benefits programs. They also evaluate position descriptions to determine details such as a person’s classification and salary.

Duties

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists typically do the following:

  • Research compensation and benefits policies and plans to ensure the organization’s offerings are current, cost effective, and competitive
  • Use data and cost analyses to compare compensation and benefits plans
  • Evaluate position descriptions to determine a person’s classification and salary
  • Ensure that the company complies with federal and state laws
  • Collaborate with outside partners, such as benefits vendors, insurance brokers, and investment managers 
  • Design and prepare reports summarizing research and analysis
  • Present recommendations to other human resources managers

Some specialists perform tasks within all areas of compensation, benefits, and job analysis. Others specialize in a specific area.

Compensation specialists assess the organization’s pay structure. They research compensation trends and review surveys to determine how their organization’s pay compares with that of other organizations in a particular industry and region. They often perform complex data or cost analyses to evaluate compensation policies. For example, they may research and analyze the cost of different pay-for-performance strategies, which offer rewards such as bonuses, paid leave, and other incentives.

Compensation specialists also must ensure that the organization’s pay practices comply with federal and state laws and regulations, such as workers’ compensation, minimum wage, overtime, and equal pay laws.

Benefits specialists administer the organization’s benefits programs, which include retirement plans, leave policies, wellness programs, and insurance policies, such as health, life, and disability insurance. They research and analyze benefits plans, policies, and programs, and make recommendations based on their analysis. They must frequently monitor government regulations, legislation, and benefits trends to ensure that their programs are current, legal, and competitive.

Benefits specialists also work closely with insurance brokers and benefits carriers and manage the enrollment, renewal, and delivery of benefits to the organization’s employees.

Job analysis specialists, also known as position classifiers, evaluate positions by writing or assigning job descriptions, determining position classifications, and preparing salary scales. When an organization introduces a new job or reviews existing jobs, specialists must research and make recommendations to managers on the status, description, classification, and salary of those jobs.

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How To Become A Benefits Advisor

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree, and some specialists need related work experience.

Education

Most employers require that compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists have a bachelor’s degree. Many specialists have a degree in human resources, business administration, finance, communication, or a related field. Some employers may accept previous work experience in lieu of a formal degree.

Not all colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in human resources, but many offer courses in human resources management, compensation analysis, and benefits administration. Students with a background in other disciplines may benefit from taking courses in business, management, finance, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

For many jobs, compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists must have previous work experience. Employers commonly require that the previous experience includes performing compensation analysis, benefits administration, or general human resources work. Experience in related fields such as finance, insurance, or business administration, also may be beneficial.

Jobseekers without a degree in human resources must have relevant work experience. Some workers may gain this experience through internships. However, most gain experience from working in human resources.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not required, it can demonstrate professional expertise. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, but many employers will have their employees become certified after they are already working. Certification programs for management positions often require several years of related work experience in order to qualify for the credential.

Many associations for human resources workers offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and WorldatWork, offer certification programs that specialize in compensation and benefits. Others, including the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, offer general human resources credentials.

Advancement

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists may advance to a compensation and benefits manager or a human resources manager position. Specialists typically need several years of work experience to advance.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Many specialists perform data or cost analyses to form logical conclusions. For example, they may analyze the cost of choosing a particular salary scale for a class of workers.

Business acumen. Specialists must understand basic finance and accounting.

Communication skills. Specialists often work with employees throughout their organization to provide information on compensation and benefits. They may give presentations or advise managers or employees about compensation policies or benefit plans.

Critical-thinking skills. Specialists must think critically when evaluating job positions, salary scales, promotion practices, and other compensation and benefits policies.

Detail oriented. Specialists must pay attention to detail, especially when ensuring that the organization is compliant with federal and state laws.

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Benefits Advisor Demographics

Gender

Female

59.9%

Male

37.5%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.2%

Carrier

9.1%

French

6.8%

Japanese

4.5%

Chinese

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Polish

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Benefits Advisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.1%

University of Utah

8.6%

Ashford University

7.1%

University of North Texas

6.2%

Salt Lake Community College

5.7%

Western Illinois University

5.7%

Sam Houston State University

5.2%

Webster University

4.3%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Northern Illinois University

3.3%

Weber State University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.9%

Texas Tech University

2.9%

Old Dominion University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

30.9%

Psychology

6.9%

Health Care Administration

6.2%

Human Resources Management

5.2%

Accounting

5.2%

Communication

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Marketing

4.3%

Finance

4.2%

Management

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.9%

Insurance

2.9%

Political Science

2.7%

Law

2.6%

Nursing

2.4%

Education

2.1%

General Studies

2.0%

Social Work

2.0%

Sociology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.7%

Other

21.4%

Masters

15.4%

Associate

11.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%

License

1.4%
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Real Benefits Advisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Compensation and Benefits Advisor Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Jul 19, 2013 $117,162 -
$145,209
Benefits Testing Advisor Caremark, L.L.C. Irving, TX Sep 13, 2016 $98,735 -
$114,800
Benefits Testing Advisor Caremark, LLC Irving, TX Apr 07, 2014 $97,822 -
$112,000
Advisor, Benefits Testing Caremark, LLC Richardson, TX Nov 12, 2016 $95,600 -
$118,000
Advisor, Benefit Plan Testing Caremark, LLC Irving, TX Aug 03, 2015 $90,000 -
$120,000
Quality Assurance Testing Advisor, Benefits & Formulary Caremark, LLC Irving, TX Sep 14, 2015 $83,000 -
$134,000
Compensation and Benefits Advisor Dell Marketing LP Salt Lake City, UT Jul 23, 2012 $65,853
Compensation and Benefits Advisor Dell Marketing LP Salt Lake City, UT Aug 13, 2012 $65,853

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Top Skills for A Benefits Advisor

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Top Benefits Advisor Skills

  1. Medicare Advantage
  2. Customer Service Associates
  3. Health Insurance Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contracted Medicare Advantage/Medicare Supplement sales position.
  • Worked with customer service associates and enrollment specialists and assisted them with their work load during periods of high call volume.
  • Answer inbound sales calls from customers (individual health insurance market) and sell 2013 health insurance plans to qualified individuals.
  • Arranged premium payments, activated health reimbursement accounts and provided any information the retirees required.
  • Drafted and designed Medicaid Recipient Education handbooks and Training Manuals for Mecklenburg and Rowan Counties Department of Social Services staff.

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