Zenefits Pricing: Features, Costs and Top HRMS Alternatives

Zenefits is a cloud-based human resource management system (HRMS) aimed at small to medium-sized businesses. It includes an easy-to-use dashboard for streamlining common HR tasks, such as benefits administration, payroll and onboarding.

We’ve reviewed Zenefits in the past and compared it to other HRMS solutions in terms of features, costs and other attributes. Here, we’ll focus on Zenefits’ pricing plans, as well as provide information on its alternatives.

How Much is Zenefits?

Zenefits offers three levels of pricing: Lite HR, Standard and Advanced. Customers can be billed monthly or yearly.

Lite HR: Free

  • Employee management (features include hiring, basic onboarding, offboarding, employee directory, organizational charts and most of the core HR apps)

Standard: $6/employee per month ($5 for yearly billing) plus $40 base fee per month

  • HR platform that includes hiring and onboarding, HR records, employee directory, organizational charts and mobile app
  • Custom fields for employee onboarding
  • Business intelligence functionality
  • Documents app for storing employee documents and forms

Advanced: $12/employee per month ($9 for yearly billing) plus $40 base fee per month

  • All features in Standard plan
  • Time off tracking
  • ACA compliance
  • Compliance assistant to help track and manage federal guidelines
  • Access to HR resource library

Zenefits also offers optional features, such as:

  • Payroll ($6 per user per month)
  • Time and attendance ($5 per user per month)
  • Performance management ($4 per user per month)
  • HR Advisor ($5 per user per month): This feature includes access to certified HR experts for HR-related questions or issues.
  • Payroll Advisor ($5 per user per month): This feature includes access to certified payroll experts for payroll-related questions or issues.
  • Ultimate Advisor ($8 per user per month): This package combines both the HR Advisor and Payroll Advisor.

Top Alternatives to Zenefits

We’ve compared Zenefits to two other small to medium-sized business-oriented vendors in terms of pricing. Here are two alternatives that have similar pricing tiers, but lower subscription costs (though neither vendor offers a free plan like Zenefits does).

SutiHR: While SutiHR doesn’t have pricing packages, it does offer a per-employee/per month pricing plan. It starts at $2 per user per month, which includes employee records, self-service, mobile access and reporting functionality. It also offers add-on modules, such as recruiting/onboarding ($1/user/month), performance management ($1/user/month), time management ($.50/user/month) and benefits ($.50/user/month).

EmpXTrack: There are four pricing plans for EmpXTrack. The Professional plan starts at $2 per employee per month. It includes full HRMS functionality, such as an organizational chart, self-service portal and reporting features. Note that it requires a minimum of 25 employee licenses. The Performance plan is $2.50 per employee per month. It has all the features of the Professional plan, but also adds performance management features.

The Enterprise plan costs $13.25 per user per month; it requires a minimum of 100 users. Finally, there’s the Recruitment plan. At $75 per recruiter per month, this plan is for recruiters and hiring managers who want a built-in applicant tracking solution.


Zenefits’ free plan is an attractive choice for companies that only need basic HRMS features. However, its Standard plan (at $6 per user per month) is more expensive compared to SutiHR and EmpXTrack, which both start at $2 per user. But, keep in mind: Zenefits’ higher-pricing tiers includes a variety of features in each plan. Other vendors may have less inclusive options.

If you’d like more information about other HRMS solutions, our Reviews page lists over 35 detailed reviews on HRMS solutions.

If you need a primer on the HRMS market in general, our Definitive Guide to HRMS can help. In it, we detail the benefits, features and what to look for when purchasing a solution.

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