Payroll Accountant Salary

Close to one-half of Payroll Accountants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $67K per year, but median earnings come to around $52K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Payroll Accountants generally range from $35K to $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (87 percent) of Payroll Accountants who took the survey are female. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,546 - $69,678
$39K
$52K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,684
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50%
90%

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$14.66 - $27.17
$15
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,546 - $69,678  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $5,171  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,336  
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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$34,726 - $67,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $27.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$23.03 - $43.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$96.35 - $5,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,336  
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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$34,726 - $67,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Accountant


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Payroll Accountants often transition into upper-level roles like Payroll Manager, for which the average compensation is $56K per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant


Payroll Accountants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, General Ledger Accounting, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Payroll Administration also tend to know ADP Payroll System and Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 199 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Payroll Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 188 salaries. A Payroll Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 110 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,375

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Payroll Accountants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Payroll Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+38 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and San Jose (+16 percent). Colorado Springs is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers in Portland and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Payroll Accountant

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries

▲6%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$49,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries

Accounting
▲13%





National Average
$49,000



Microsoft Excel
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%