Payroll Accountant Salary

The average Payroll Accountant in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Cash earnings for Payroll Accountants — including $4K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $67K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Accountants (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$35,374 - $67,791
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $50,738
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$12.17 - $25.76
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$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).
)
$32,226 - $67,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $25.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$18.39 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$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).
)
$32,226 - $67,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 238
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Many Payroll Accountants advance into a slightly higher-paying Payroll Manager position. Average compensation for Payroll Managers is $55K.

Payroll Accountant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant


Payroll Accountants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Accounts Receivable. Most people skilled in Payroll Administration are similarly competent 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Payroll Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,750

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Payroll Accountants, 33 percent above the national average. Payroll Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Payroll Accountants in Colorado Springs take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (15 percent lower) and The Woodlands (5 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries



ADP Payroll System
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

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%
ADVERTISEMENT