What does a Benefits Coordinator do?

A Benefits Coordinator is part of a company's human resources department of large and mid-sized corporations. The function of a Benefits Coordinator can be different depending on the company, but the primary role is to handle all employee benefits and the paperwork that comes with it. Benefit Coordinators communicate with every employee, insurance providers, investment entities and retirement providers. Secure communication and interpersonal skills are required for this position.

While there isn't any formal education required for a Benefits Coordinator position, employers often prefer some form of degree. With the growing complexity of state and federal laws, a firm understanding of how the system work is paramount to the practice. Certifications are available from different entities to secure your place as a professional expert. CBS (certified benefits specialist), CMS (compensation management specialist), GBA (group benefits associate), and RPA (Retirement plan associate) certifications are all desired by most corporations.

What responsibilities are common for Benefits Coordinator jobs?
  • Become and expert in the options of the company's current and changing benefit packages
  • Network with benefit providers to negotiate better packages
  • Ensure all employees are informed of current packages
  • Design and produce informational material to explain optional benefits
  • Disperse benefits packages in advance of benefit windows
  • Provide answers and help to employees with questions
  • Check all employee submitted forms for errors
  • Utilize basic office equipment to communicate effectively
What are the typical qualifications for Benefits Coordinator jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred
  • CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) Preferred
  • CMS (Compensation Management Specialist) Preferred
  • GBA (Group Benefits Associate) Preferred
  • RPA (Retirement Plans Associate)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft suite and systems
  • A keen eye for detail
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Benefits Coordinator make?

$53,301 /yr
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Benefits Coordinator Career Path

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Read what Benefits Coordinator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
USI Insurance ServicesUSI Insurance Services
Employee Benefits Producer
Jul 11, 2022

“USI does a great job getting to know the USI way and provide excellent on boarding training.”

Benefits Manager
Sep 24, 2020

“I got laid off from my former employer and started my search immediately and came across Datadog.”

Marsh McLennanMarsh McLennan
Benefits Manager
Feb 9, 2022

“The ability to forward in your career really depends on your producer and sales team.”

Compensation and Benefits
Jul 7, 2022

“Good good good good good”

American Income LifeAmerican Income Life
AIL Benefits Coordinator
May 12, 2021

“Ability to make a great income + a flexible schedule”

Sportfolio (NZ)
Distribution Coordinator
Jul 31, 2022

“Pay was not so good”

Village of Woodmere
Benefits Coordinator
Aug 18, 2022

“Good people to work with”

Shawmut Design and ConstructionShawmut Design and Construction
Benefits Manager
May 7, 2021

“good base pay for position”

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When working as a Benefits Coordinator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, Microsoft Office Suite, Written Communication, Attention To Detail, and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to Benefits Coordinator are:
  • HR Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Generalist
  • HR Business Partner

The most common qualifications to become a Benefits Coordinator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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