Payroll Accountant Salary

Median pay for Payroll Accountants in the United States is around $50K annually. Cash earnings for Payroll Accountants — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $66K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Accountants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,859 - $66,971
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,042
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$11.76 - $25.07
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,859 - $66,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,048  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,649  
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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$31,329 - $66,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $25.07  
   
Overtime
$17.65 - $44.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,649  
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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$31,329 - $66,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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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Although it's unusual, some Payroll Accountants transition into jobs as Payroll Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $54K per year, though.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


For many Payroll Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll Accountants make a median salary of $52K. Payroll Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Accountants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Payroll Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Payroll Accountant's salary, with Colorado Springs Payroll Accountants earning salaries that are 24 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (13 percent lower) and The Woodlands (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries



Accounting
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ADP Payroll System
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$47,000

Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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