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Working As A Benefits Consultant

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

  • $87,917

    Average Salary

What Does A Benefits Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Benefits Consultant
Plan Administrator Benefits Analyst Benefits Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Plan Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Director Director Of Human Resources Compensation Consultant
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Compensation Director
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Employee Benefits Manager
Employee Benefits Director
7 Yearsyrs
Client Services Manager Human Resource Specialist Benefits Manager
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Employee Benefits Manager Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Enrollment Specialist Finance Counselor Enrollment Counselor
Enrollment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Compensation Consultant Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Client Services Manager Practice Manager Provider Relations Representative
Manager, Provider Relations
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Accounting Manager
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Benefits Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

44.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.0%

Carrier

7.8%

French

6.9%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Mandarin

4.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Cantonese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Turkish

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Korean

1.0%
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Benefits Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.5%

Pennsylvania State University

9.0%

Villanova University

5.5%

University of Connecticut

5.5%

Liberty University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

Auburn University

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

New York University

3.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.5%

University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%

University of Iowa

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

Cleveland State University

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

31.6%

Human Resources Management

8.6%

Marketing

6.3%

Finance

6.0%

Communication

5.8%

Psychology

4.8%

Management

4.4%

Accounting

4.2%

Political Science

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Insurance

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%

Economics

2.6%

Law

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

English

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Mathematics

1.9%

History

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.1%

Masters

20.0%

Other

16.8%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

1.6%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Benefits Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior International Health and Benefits Consultan Towers Watson Delaware Inc. New York, NY Jun 10, 2013 $260,000
Health and Benefits Consultant-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Lincolnshire, IL Dec 22, 2015 $118,685
Health and Benefits Consultant II-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Lincolnshire, IL Aug 21, 2016 $113,500
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer Health & Benefits LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2015 $101,200 -
$112,000
Workday Benefits Consultant Towers Watson Delaware Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 01, 2015 $100,000
Defined Benefits Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. Southfield, MI Jan 13, 2016 $99,500
Compensation & Benefits Consultant M&A Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 15, 2013 $98,728
Senior Health and Benefits International Consultan Mercer Health & Benefits LLC New York, NY Sep 29, 2011 $97,000 -
$124,000
Benefits Consultant The Segal Company New York, NY Dec 02, 2012 $91,811 -
$103,800
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$106,000
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer Health & Benefits LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$106,000
Benefits Administration Consultant IBM Corporation Coppell, TX Oct 31, 2016 $85,197 -
$135,000
Health & Benefits Consultant-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2013 $81,000 -
$119,000
Defined Benefit Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. Boston, MA Dec 15, 2016 $79,400 -
$138,600
International Compensation and Benefits Consultant Metlife Group, Inc. Islandia, NY Nov 30, 2009 $75,000 -
$95,000
Health and Benefits Consultant Hewitt Associates LLC Bloomington, MN Oct 01, 2014 $66,394
Global Benefits Consultant AON Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $66,000
Global Benefits Consultant AON Consulting, Inc. New York, NY May 17, 2016 $66,000

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Top Skills for A Benefits Consultant

  1. Benefits Administration
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Insurance Companies
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  • Trained and supervised staff in benefits administration, successfully transitioning administration for US and Canadian benefit programs in six months.
  • Reconciled financial statements with claims processing data.
  • Update files when information was complete, and contact insurance companies for verification of coverage when employee was reinstated.
  • Seek out new clients and develop clientele by networking to find new customers and generate lists of prospective clients.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers; resolve any customer requests in a timely and accurate manner.

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  5. New York
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