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Payroll Accountant Salary (United States)

Payroll Accountants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $49K annually on average but can range from $31K to $65K per year. Overall cash earnings for Payroll Accountants stretch from $31K on the lower end to $65K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority (90 percent) of Payroll Accountants are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview are derived from 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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Payroll Accountants tend to move into Payroll Manager roles, where pay is $53K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant

Payroll Accountants report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Those educated in Payroll Administration tend to be well versed 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.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $49K on average. The majority of Payroll Accountants have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
Charlotte
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Payroll Accountants, 30 percent higher than the national average. Washington, San Jose, Dallas, and Houston also offer top salaries for Payroll Accountants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 1 percent more, respectively. In Portland, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Charlotte and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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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 Receivable
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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%