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Payroll Accountant Salary (United States)

A Payroll Accountant earns an average salary of $49,534 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are General Ledger Accounting and Payroll Tax Compliance.
Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$34,805 - $66,267
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $49,534
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Payroll Accountant Salary (?
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$11.14 - $24.43
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,805 - $66,267  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,173  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,800  
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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$31,204 - $65,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $24.43  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $44.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,173  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,800  
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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$31,204 - $65,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Washington
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San Jose
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Houston
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Dallas
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Chicago
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National Average
$46,000
Charlotte
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Portland
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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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National Average
$46,000
Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%