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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

  • $60,850

    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 Jobs

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Benefits Consultant Career Paths

Benefits Consultant
Client Services Manager Human Resource Specialist Benefits Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Enrollment Specialist Claim Specialist Benefits Analyst
Compensation And Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Director Director Of Human Resources Compensation Consultant
Compensation Director
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Plan Administrator Benefits Analyst Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Client Services Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Employee Benefits Manager Vice President And Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager General Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Employee Benefits Manager Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plan Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Benefits Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

44.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

81.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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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
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
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

FinancialAnalysisBenefitPlansCustomerServiceMedicareAdvantageDisabilityHealthFairsPayrollHealthInsuranceHRBenefitProgramsLifeInsuranceAflacCommunityResourcesCobraHealthPlansPlanDesignMedicaidFmlaRetirementPlansOpenEnrollmentMeetings

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  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Benefit Plans
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led the preparation of financial analysis, and cost estimates for reports, presentations, and client review.
  • Communicate the Corporate offices to attain information on all changes in benefit plans.
  • Provide exceptional customer service on a variety of incoming/outgoing inquiries via telephone and email correspondence.
  • Educate and enroll Medicare beneficiaries in Medicare Supplement/Gap and Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Determined eligibility of long-term disability benefits for group policy members.

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