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Compensation / Benefits Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Compensation or Benefits Specialist evaluates and works to maintain the pay structure and benefits program at an organization. Analyzes wage and salary data and trends, monitors market conditions; works with benefits vendors, processes benefit claims for employees; monitors government employment regulations. May focus specifically on job classifications and compensation or on benefits programs such as pensions.

Job Outlook

There were 2841 Compensation / Benefits Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 94116 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Compensation / Benefits Analyst industry, which includes the Compensation / Benefits Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Compensation / Benefits Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,965.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,222.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Compensation / Benefits Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $43,611.

Education and Experience

Posted Compensation / Benefits Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree8.95%
Bachelor's Degree29.33%
Master's Degree4.98%
Doctoral Degree1.69%
Other23.57%

Posted Compensation / Benefits Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years53.32%
3 to 5 years37.92%
6 to 8 years5.76%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Compensation / Benefits Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (26.42%)
  • Customer Service (24.78%)
  • Management (15.21%)
  • Detail Oriented (12.84%)
  • Sales (12.15%)
  • Problem Solving (11.65%)
  • Microsoft Excel (10.39%)
  • Writing (9.62%)
  • Microsoft Office (9.22%)
  • Operations (9.13%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Auditing (42.18%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Benefits Enrollment Processes (23.62%)
  • Benefits Administration (21.02%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Benefits Enrollment Processes (63.59%)
  • Benefits Administration (56.58%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Compensation / Benefits Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Benefits Specialist
  • Lawn Care Specialist
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Benefit Specialist
  • Benefits Representative
  • Merchandise Coordinator
  • Compensation Consultant

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Compensation / Benefits Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Elevance Health (4476)
  • TruGreen (1502)
  • Lincoln Financial Group (1116)
  • TJX (1108)
  • Arby's (723)
  • LifeStance Health (578)
  • Marshalls (559)
  • Robert Half (515)
  • Guidant Financial Group (489)
  • Edward Jones (408)

North Carolina

  • Elevance Health (99)
  • Guilford County Schools (88)
  • Guidant Financial Group (74)
  • HNI (36)
  • Truist Financial (28)
  • Lincoln Financial Group (27)
  • TJX (27)
  • Wells Fargo (26)
  • State of North Carolina (26)
  • MetLife (25)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!