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Working As A Benefits Consultant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Benefits Consultant Do

Compensation managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.

Duties

Compensation and benefits managers typically do the following:

  • Set the organization’s pay structure and benefits offerings
  • Determine competitive wage rates and develop or modify compensation plans
  • Evaluate employee benefits policies to assess whether they are current, competitive, and legal
  • Choose and manage outside partners, such as benefits vendors, insurance brokers, and investment managers 
  • Coordinate and supervise the work activities of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee the distribution of pay and benefits information to the organization’s employees
  • Ensure that pay and benefits plans comply with federal and state regulations
  • Prepare a program budget and keep operations within budget

Although some managers administer both the compensation and benefits programs in an organization, other managers—particularly at large organizations—often specialize and oversee one or the other. All managers, however, routinely meet with senior staff, managers of other human resources departments, and the financial officers of their organization. They provide expertise and make recommendations on compensation and benefits policies, programs, and plans.

In addition to their administrative responsibilities, compensation and benefits managers also have technical and analytical duties. For example, they may perform complex data analysis to determine the best pay and benefits plans for an organization. They may also monitor trends affecting pay and benefits and assess how their organization can improve its practices or policies. Using a variety of analytical, database, and presentation software, managers draw conclusions, present their findings, and make recommendations to other managers in the organization.

Compensation managers are responsible for managing an organization’s pay structure. They monitor market conditions and government regulations to ensure their pay rates are current and competitive. They analyze data on wages and salaries, and they evaluate how their organization’s pay structure compares with that of other companies. Compensation managers use this information to maintain or develop pay scales for an organization.

Some also design pay-for-performance plans, which include guidelines for bonuses and incentive pay. They also may help determine commission rates and other incentives for sales staff.

Benefits managers administer a company’s employee benefits program, which includes retirement plans, leave policies, wellness programs, and insurance policies such as health, life, and disability. They select benefits vendors and manage enrollment, renewal, and delivery of benefits to the organization’s employees. They must frequently monitor government regulations and market trends to ensure that their programs are current, competitive, and legal.

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How To Become A Benefits Consultant

Candidates need a combination of education and related work experience to become a compensation and benefits manager.

Education

Compensation and benefits managers need at least a bachelor’s degree for most positions, and some jobs require a master’s degree. Because not all undergraduate programs offer a degree in human resources, managers often have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, business management, finance, or a related field.

Some employers prefer to hire managers who have a master’s degree, particularly one with a concentration in human resources management, finance, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is essential for compensation and benefits managers. Managers often specialize in either compensation or benefits, depending on the type of experience they gain in previous jobs. For example, compensation and benefits managers often start out as compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists. Work experience in other human resource fields, finance, or management is also helpful for getting a job as a compensation and benefits manager.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although compensation and benefits managers are not legally required to be certified, certification can show expertise and credibility. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Certification programs for management positions often require several years of related work experience to qualify for the certifying exam. Many professional associations for human resources workers offer certifications. 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, offer general human resources credentials.  

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Compensation and benefits managers must analyze data on salaries and the cost of benefits, and assess and devise programs that best fit an organization and its employees.

Business acumen. Compensation and benefits managers must manage a budget, build a case for their recommendations, and understand how compensation and benefits plans affect the company’s finances.

Communication skills. Compensation and benefits managers must direct staff, give presentations, and work with colleagues. For example, they may present the advantages of a certain pay scale to management and address any concerns.

Decisionmaking skills. Compensation and benefits managers must weigh the strengths and weaknesses of different pay structures and benefits plans and choose the best options for an organization. 

Leadership skills. Compensation and benefits managers must coordinate the work activities of their staff and properly administer compensation and benefits programs, ensuring work is completed accurately and on schedule.

Writing skills. Compensation and benefits managers must prepare clearly written informational materials on compensation and benefits plans for an organization’s employees. They must also clearly convey recommendations in written reports.

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Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$154,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Fortive
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Benefits Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Benefits Consultant in the United States is $92,887 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $154,000.

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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. Jun 10, 2013 $260,000
Health and Benefits Consultant-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Dec 22, 2015 $118,685
Health and Benefits Consultant II-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Aug 21, 2016 $113,500
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer Health & Benefits LLC Aug 29, 2015 $101,200 -
$112,000
Workday Benefits Consultant Towers Watson Delaware Inc. Jul 01, 2015 $100,000
Defined Benefits Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. Jan 13, 2016 $99,500
Compensation & Benefits Consultant M&A Microsoft Corporation Apr 15, 2013 $98,728
Senior Health and Benefits International Consultan Mercer Health & Benefits LLC Sep 29, 2011 $97,000 -
$124,000
Benefits Consultant The Segal Company Dec 02, 2012 $91,811 -
$103,800
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. Sep 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$106,000
Health & Benefits International Consultant Mercer Health & Benefits LLC Sep 01, 2015 $90,000 -
$106,000
Benefits Administration Consultant IBM Corporation Oct 31, 2016 $85,197 -
$135,000
Health & Benefits Consultant-Actuary Hewitt Associates LLC Aug 20, 2013 $81,000 -
$119,000
Defined Benefit Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. Dec 15, 2016 $79,400 -
$138,600
International Compensation and Benefits Consultant Metlife Group, Inc. Nov 30, 2009 $75,000 -
$95,000
Health and Benefits Consultant Hewitt Associates LLC Oct 01, 2014 $66,394
Global Benefits Consultant AON Consulting, Inc. Sep 16, 2015 $66,000
Global Benefits Consultant AON Consulting, Inc. May 17, 2016 $66,000

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Top Skills for A Benefits Consultant

  1. Benefits Administration
  2. Customer Service
  3. Health Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained and supervised staff in benefits administration, successfully transitioning administration for US and Canadian benefit programs in six months.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers; resolve any customer requests in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provided detailed statistical reports on corporate health care utilization rates demonstrating trends and areas of high cost utilization.
  • Reconciled financial statements with claims processing data.
  • Crafted materials for, organized and delivered educational seminars covering complex Medicare and enrollment topics; resolved enrollment issues.

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  4. Alaska
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Benefits Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

51.0%

Male

44.7%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

French

8.3%

Carrier

7.6%

German

5.3%

Chinese

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Russian

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Cantonese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Portuguese

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Korean

0.8%
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Benefits Consultant Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

University of Connecticut

7.4%

Ashford University

6.1%

San Diego State University

5.4%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

5.4%

Northern Illinois University

5.4%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.7%

University of Iowa

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Montclair State University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.1%

Duquesne University

4.1%

Northeastern Illinois University

4.1%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%
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Majors

Business

33.9%

Human Resources Management

6.9%

Marketing

6.1%

Management

5.6%

Communication

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Finance

4.6%

Insurance

4.5%

Accounting

3.9%

Psychology

3.8%

Political Science

3.1%

Sociology

2.6%

Economics

2.4%

Law

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

English

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Biology

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.3%

Masters

17.1%

Associate

8.6%

High School Diploma

6.5%

Certificate

6.4%

License

2.5%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.5%
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