Payroll Accountant Salary

The average Payroll Accountant in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Payroll Accountants spread between $32K and $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Payroll Accountants are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,374 - $67,791
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $50,738
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$12.17 - $25.76
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,374 - $67,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,037  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$32,226 - $67,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $25.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$18.39 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$32,226 - $67,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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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Many Payroll Accountants advance into a slightly higher-paying Payroll Manager position. Average compensation for Payroll Managers is $55K.

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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, ADP Payroll System, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Accounts Receivable. Most people experienced in 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Payroll Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. 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

National Average: $47,750

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

For Payroll Accountants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Payroll Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Payroll Accountants in Colorado Springs report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Portland and The Woodlands earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries



ADP Payroll System
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Accounting
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National Average
$48,000

Payroll Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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