Payroll Accountant Salary

Payroll Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K per year. Total cash earnings of Payroll Accountants range from $31K on the low end to $66K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $4K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Payroll Accountants are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Payroll Accountants is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,898 - $66,919

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$11.76 - $25.10

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,898 - $66,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,053  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,677  
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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$31,495 - $66,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $44.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,053  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,677  
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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$31,495 - $66,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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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Although it's unusual, some Payroll Accountants transition into jobs as Payroll Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $54K per year, though.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant


Survey results suggest that Payroll Accountants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Payroll Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 many Payroll Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Payroll Accountants see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Accountants, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Payroll Accountants in Colorado Springs earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and The Woodlands (14 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$47,000


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 Payable
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National Average
$47,000

Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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