How Much Does Rippling Cost?

Discover Rippling's HRIS pricing with OutSail. Rippling, ideal for SMBs, offers a monthly subscription ranging from $21-29 PEPM for Core HR, plus $5-10 for IT management

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
July 4, 2023
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rippling pricing

Rippling charges companies on a monthly subscription basis. Rippling is a premium priced solution compared to their peers, often charging $21-29 PEPM for the Core HR features and another $5-20 PEPM for their IT management features.

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In addition to the software fees, implementing Rippling will require a one-time implementation fee. Rippling will charge ~ 5-15% of the annual software fees for their implementation fees (i.e., $5-15K implementation fee on a $100K annual purchase)

What Modules Are Included with Rippling HR Pricing?
HRIS & Employee Management

Rippling's Core HR platform, called Unity. Rippling Unity is their global HRIS offering that services as a single source of truth for all employee data. Providing a single HR software platform for all employee needs helps to drive employee engagement because users can take control of their data and take actions on their own, such as requesting time off or updating their demographic data.
Atop this database of employee information, Rippling has built a set of enterprise analytics, workflows, approvals, and permissions. This provides unparalleled automation as the rules control how the data syncs between all of the modules.

See How Rippling Stacks Up: Interested in how Rippling compares to the competition on cost, features, and more? Visit the HRIS Marketplace for a side-by-side comparison.

Rippling Payroll

Payroll is at key component of Rippling's employee management system. Rippling has been designed from its founding to be deeply integrated across all modules, so when you update benefits or request PTO, the new deductions and PTO sync to Rippling’s payroll module automatically.

Rippling's payroll services include all of the expected payroll management features, such as: unlimited payroll processing, filing of payroll taxes, integrations with time tracking tools, PTO balances and 401K providers and deductions from benefit platforms.

Rippling's payroll software streamlines the payroll process for small businesses, in part, due to their unique single database architecture which ensures that data in the employee management platform is constantly in sync.

Benefits Administration

Rippling offers a built-in Benefits Administration module. The Benefits Administration module allows users to enroll in employee benefits during open enrollment and onboarding. Rippling support most health insurance carrier feeds and gives users access to HSAs (health savings accounts), FSAs (flex spending accounts) and commuter benefits.

Rippling's benefits administration platform feeds right into Rippling payroll and automatically deducts a user's employee benefits from their payroll. Rippling is broker agnostic, but can also serve as a health insurance broker, if a company needs those services.

Employee Onboarding

Rippling offers a cutting edge approach to new hire onboarding. Employee data is collected or imported from the applicant tracking system and is immediately converted into the employee management system. Rippling has a built-in e-signature tool that allows for easy, time-saving completion of all onboarding paperwork and also allows for the collection of custom data during onboarding as well.

IT & Device Management

While most systems can collect new hire paper work - such as W4s and I-9s, the Rippling system goes a step further by also supporting device management. This is a unique feature from Rippling and something that is really only seen in single sign on platforms, like Okta.

This device management feature allows the new hire onboarding process to include the process of ordering new computers for employees, having those shipped to an employee's address and it allows for full-service app management. App management allows the auto-provisioning of all business applications (email, Salesforce, Jira, etc.) for new hires based on the underlying employee attributes: department, work location, team, etc.

Time and Attendance tracking

Rippling also offers a full suite of time & attendance tracking tools. Having Rippling's time tracking tools built right into payroll management allows small businesses to process payroll without having to track down hours worked, shifts missed and overtime. They are planning on launching their own scheduling functionality by the end of 2024.

Who is Rippling?

Rippling was founded in 2016 by Parker Conrad, the former founder and CEO of Zenefits. Zenefits was once the hottest platform in the HRIS industry before a sequence of scandals, which led to Parker Conrad leaving the company.

Many of the Zenefits lessons learned have been put into practice at Rippling, as they've continued to build sleek, integration-centric technology for small and medium-sized businesses.

Rippling is now one of the fastest growing and most valuable private companies in the HRIS space and is developing new modules and capabilities quicker than almost any other competitor.

What Sized Companies Fit Rippling Best?

Rippling an SMB HRIS, which means the system works best for companies with less than 350 employees. SMB solutions are designed to cover some, but not all HR needs with some gaps to be filled in by 3rd party solutions. SMB solutions are typically more user-friendly and more modernly designed than other vendors. Additionally, they are typically built with integrations in mind and have open APIs.

SMB solutions typically take about 6-12 weeks to implement and often do not require a great deal of work from an administrator to get started, due to the fact that most of the system is not configurable. SMB solutions tend to have limited rules engines and custom workflow tools, which can limit how scalable they can be.

Pros and Cons of Rippling
Rippling's Strengths:
  • Rippling gets the highest reviews in the HRIS space for their modern user experience
  • Rippling’s most differentiated offering is their onboarding modules which syncs all of IT and HR tasks seamlessly into the process and includes an app management feature
  • This is especially relevant for white collar workforces that have numerous workflow and productivity apps that employees use
  • Rippling is one of the best in the business at integrating with 3rd party software
  • They have a pre-built integration with dozens of hundreds of 3rd party HR platforms, including Greenhouse, Lever, Carta and Pave
  • Rippling offers a dynamic workflow builder tool which helps companies create automated actions and triggers using 3rd party data
  • Rippling has ambitiously moved into the global HR space, offering deep in-country localization, global payroll & EOR - all built into a single system
  • Rippling recently made their payroll & benefits admin modules optional, giving organizations more flexibility to use their preferred in-country payroll vendors
Concerns with Rippling:
  • Rippling is still very much a start-up and the feedback from many customers is that the system isn’t as ironed out and automated as it may appear in demos
  • This could apply to some of Rippling’s newer modules like performance
  • Rippling offers a native time & attendance solution, but it may not be viable for businesses with complex workforce management needs 
  • Rippling is the most recently founded company on the list and is still highly concentrated in the small business segment, so the system’s scalability is a question
  • The majority of their customers have below 200 employees
  • Rippling’s founding team came from Zenefits, which had a tumultuous history, so that is something to explore and get comfortable with
  • Rippling’s customer support model is primarily chat-based and they only recently added a phone option, which is only available to clients with 150+ EEs
1. How much does Rippling cost?

Rippling typically charges on a monthly subscription basis, with costs ranging from $21 to 29 per employee per month (PEPM) for the Core HR features. Additionally, there are additional costs for IT management features, which range from $5 to 20 PEPM.

2. What modules are included with Rippling HR pricing?

Rippling offers a comprehensive suite of HR management modules, including HRIS & Employee Management, Payroll, Benefits Administration, Employee Onboarding, IT & Device Management, and Time and Attendance tracking. These modules are designed to streamline HR processes and enhance employee management.

3. Who is Rippling best suited for?

Rippling is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with fewer than 350 employees. Its user-friendly interface, modern design, and focus on integration make it well-suited for companies seeking a comprehensive HRIS solution tailored to SMB needs.

4. What are the strengths of Rippling?

Rippling excels in providing a modern user experience, particularly with its onboarding modules that seamlessly integrate IT and HR tasks. It offers extensive integration capabilities with third-party software and features a dynamic workflow builder tool for automated actions. Rippling has also ventured into the global HR space, offering localization, global payroll, and Employer of Record (EOR) services.

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Brett Ungashick
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Brett Ungashick, the friendly face behind OutSail, started his career at LinkedIn, selling HR software. This experience sparked an idea, leading him to create OutSail in 2018. Based in Denver, OutSail simplifies the HR software selection process, and Brett's hands-on approach has already helped over 1,000 companies, including SalesLoft, Hudl and DoorDash. He's a go-to guy for all things HR Tech, supporting companies in every industry and across 20+ countries. When he's not demystifying HR tech, you'll find Brett enjoying a round of golf or skiing down Colorado's slopes, always happy to chat about work or play.

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