What does a Manager Benefits Specialist do?

Benefits specialists administer an organization's benefits programs. This includes a retirement plan, its leave policies, wellness programs, and any relevant insurance policies including life insurance, health insurance, and disability insurance. Benefits specialists research and analyze benefit plans, policies, and programs. They make recommendations from findings in their analysis and frequently monitor government regulation legislation and other benefit trends to ensure their programs remain current, legal, and competitive.

Benefits specialists are responsible for the management of employee perks and benefits packages in addition to insurance and retirement, this could include stock options and training programs. They are responsible for the design and negotiation of health benefits and retirement packages at their companies and must be fluent in health insurance and life or long-term disability insurance and other trends in employer and employee insurance. They plan and negotiate a company’s benefits packages and administer programs for various companies and organizations. Benefits specialists need a bachelor’s degree in human resources with an emphasis on business management and ethics.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Benefits Specialist Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,409 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $85K
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Manager Benefits Specialist Career Path

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State of Alabama Medicaid
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“Managers have little oversight so you don't know whether your manager is going to be great or terrible.”

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Jan 4, 2021

“I enjoyed being a part of my clients efforts to become self sufficient and provide encouragement.”

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Aug 31, 2021

“Aflac is Commission only and you don't have someone telling you what to do so you control your day.”

Target Checkout Advocate
Aug 15, 2020

“The turnover rate was extremely high and there is almost no opportunity to advance your career.”

Livongo HealthLivongo Health
Aug 13, 2020

“training was already horrible and the learning curve was a lot.. yet I was blamed for my incompetence.”

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Apr 21, 2020

“The great thing about Risk Strategies is that there are so many paths to take in your career.”

Retirement Plan Specialist
Jul 22, 2021

“I learned a lot about the retirement industry which was very beneficial to my career path.”

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

The most similar professions to benefits specialist manager are:
  • Benefits Coordinator
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The most common qualifications to become a benefits specialist 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.