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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

  • $81,000

    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 Career Paths

Benefits Advisor
Assistant Manager Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Store Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Recruitment Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Training Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Analyst Human Resources Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Hris Manager Compensation Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Payroll Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Planning Manager Benefits Manager
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Claims Adjuster Benefits Analyst Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Client Services Manager Client Manager
Client Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Systems Administrator Network Manager
Manager, Provider Relations
8 Yearsyrs
Claims Adjuster Benefits Analyst Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$150,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Chevron
Highest Paying City
Boulder, CO
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Benefits Advisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Benefits Advisor in the United States is $81,108 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $151,000.

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Top Skills for A Benefits Advisor

  1. Medicare
  2. Customer Service
  3. Health Insurance Plans
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  • Identified Medicare prospects and offered products via needs-based selling approaches.
  • Maintained accurate documentation of all inquiries in order to continuously improve the customer service process and reduce potential legal concerns.
  • Handled inbound and outbound sales calls to effectively and efficiently sell health insurance plans while successfully completing all licensing requirements.
  • Distributed and explained information mandated by hospital policy, federal/state law and various insurance companies.
  • Managed participant education in enrollment in area/state specific plans, needs assessments and health reimbursement accounts.

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Benefits Advisor Demographics

Gender

Female

53.7%

Male

33.9%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

French

5.2%

Carrier

3.9%

Chinese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Italian

1.3%
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Benefits Advisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Ashford University

6.8%

University of Utah

6.8%

Salt Lake Community College

6.1%

University of North Texas

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.1%

El Centro College

4.7%

Richland College

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Sam Houston State University

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.0%

Chicago State University

3.0%

Houston Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Psychology

5.7%

Human Resources Management

5.1%

Communication

4.6%

Accounting

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Insurance

4.1%

Finance

4.0%

Management

3.8%

Marketing

3.8%

Nursing

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Education

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Sociology

2.2%

General Studies

1.9%

Social Work

1.7%

Law

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

24.2%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.9%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%
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