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Working As A Retirement Specialist

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

  • $60,361

    Average Salary

What Does A Retirement Specialist 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 Retirement Specialist

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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Retirement Specialist Career Paths

Retirement Specialist
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Investment Advisor Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Client Relationship Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator Compensation Analyst
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Billing Specialist Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investment Advisor Branch Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operations Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Property Manager Accountant
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Branch Manager Human Resources Generalist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Advisor Sales Consultant Recruiter
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Advisor Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Retirement Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

49.4%

Female

48.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9%

Chinese

3.6%

Cherokee

3.6%

French

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Retirement Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.0%

Brigham Young University

6.3%

Strayer University

5.2%

Central Connecticut State University

4.2%

University of South Florida

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

University of Cincinnati

4.2%

Towson University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.2%

University of Tampa

4.2%

University of Utah

4.2%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Ohio University -

3.1%

University of Northern Colorado

3.1%

Temple University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.0%

Finance

14.9%

Accounting

7.6%

Communication

6.0%

Management

4.3%

Psychology

4.3%

Human Resources Management

4.1%

Marketing

3.8%

Education

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Economics

2.4%

General Studies

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

English

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Sociology

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

History

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Masters

19.3%

Other

17.3%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Retirement Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retirement Valuation Specialist Mercer (Us) Inc. Louisville, KY Jun 22, 2015 $59,000 -
$81,000
Retirement Valuation Specialist-Associate Mercer (Us) Inc. Louisville, KY Jun 22, 2012 $51,400 -
$59,000
Retirement Valuation Specialist Mercer (Us) Inc. Louisville, KY Aug 28, 2010 $48,000 -
$68,000
Retirement Specialist The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $43,389
Retirement Specialist Endorsed Diversified Services, Inc. Buffalo Grove, IL May 17, 2010 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Retirement Specialist

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Individual Retirement Accounts
  3. Minimum Distributions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide customer service to participants for wide variety of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans from a diversified portfolio of industries.
  • Educated participants in ways to keep money invested in retirement by using Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Provide personal consultation regarding retirement plan utilizing my knowledge of IRS regulations for Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans.
  • Improved and developed spreadsheet application to audit payrolls and compute contributions.
  • Acquired new clients, designed personal marketing plans and developed appointment-gathering skills.

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