Payroll Accountant Salary (United States)

Close to one-half of Payroll Accountants in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $30,976 to $64,811 per year, and the average number comes out to $45,539 annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$34,694 - $65,797
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MEDIAN: $48,685
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Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$11.12 - $24.37
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,694 - $65,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,771  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,918  
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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$30,976 - $64,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $24.37  
   
Overtime
$16.68 - $43.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,771  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,918  
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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$30,976 - $64,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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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For Payroll Accountants, career progression may result in a slight increase in compensation. Usually, a Payroll Manager, an upper-level role, will earn an extra $7,924 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant

Survey results imply that Payroll Accountants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.
New salaries start at $41K and reach $46K in five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $49,670. Pay actually shrinks for Payroll Accountants after two decades in the profession, averaging $49K. The largest number of Payroll Accountants have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Payroll Accountants, 30 percent above the national average. Payroll Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+14 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Houston (+1 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (-8 percent) and Atlanta (-8 percent).

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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 Payable
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%