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Payroll Accountant Salary (United States)

Payroll Accountants in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately half of Payroll Accountants. Salaries average out to around $50K annually and spread from $31K to $65K per year. Total incomes of Payroll Accountants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $31K and $65K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more female Payroll Accountants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Accountants. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$34,805 - $66,267
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MEDIAN: $49,534
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Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$11.14 - $24.43
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,805 - $66,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,173  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,800  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,204 - $65,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $24.43  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $44.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,173  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,800  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,204 - $65,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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Job Description for Payroll Accountant

Payroll accountants generate, maintain, and interpret various reports and financial statements for the company. Most of their work is performed internally, and adherence to various government standards and company policies is critical. Depending on the size of the company, this work may be performed with a team of other accountants or independently; however, payroll accountants should be flexible enough to work both independently and in a team setting. All work is performed in an indoor office environment during regular business hours, although some overtime may be required due to upcoming deadlines or other business needs.
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Payroll Accountant Tasks
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Utilize accounting principles to report employee earnings; such as salaries, wages, bonuses, and overtime and payroll taxes as well as employer paid benefits; such as vacation and holidays, various insurance and retirement plans.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Accountant

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A typical career transition for a Payroll Accountant is to move to a Payroll Manager position, an upper-level role, where median pay is $54K annually.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant

Survey results show that Payroll Accountants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know Payroll Administration also know ADP Payroll System and Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Payroll Accountants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Payroll Accountants bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Charlotte
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Portland
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For Payroll Accountants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Payroll Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and San Jose (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries

Accounting
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ADP Payroll System
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Payroll Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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National Average
$46,000
Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%