What does a Benefits Coordinator/Manager 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.

  • 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
  • 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
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Benefits Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$49,647 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $50K
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Benefits Coordinator/Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Benefits Coordinator/Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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

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Mar 31, 2020

“I couldn't have picked a better place to start my career in Human Resources.”

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Dec 7, 2019

“If you do get a bonus...it may take months before your manager finally approves your bonus.”

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Aug 7, 2019

“life balance wasn't so great”

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AIL Benefits Coordinator
May 12, 2021

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

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Apr 3, 2020

“No great pay according to others”

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Oct 28, 2020

“Great Team to work with”

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“Great people to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a benefits coordinator manager

When working as a benefits coordinator manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, HIPAA, Excellent Communication, Written Communication, and Administering.

The most similar professions to benefits coordinator manager are:
  • HR Manager
  • Benefits Specialist
  • HR Generalist
  • Hr Business Partner

The most common qualifications to become a benefits coordinator manager 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.