Payroll Accountant Salary (United States)

A Payroll Accountant earns an average salary of $48,466 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Microsoft Excel and General Ledger Accounting.
Payroll Accountant Total Pay (?
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$34,667 - $65,669
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MEDIAN: $48,465
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Payroll Accountant Total Pay (?
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$11.03 - $24.23
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,667 - $65,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
Profit Sharing
$1.88 - $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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$30,440 - $64,787  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $24.23  
   
Overtime
$16.66 - $43.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.88 - $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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$30,440 - $64,787  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 579
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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 Difference By Location
New York
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Washington
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San Jose
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Dallas
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Houston
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National Average
$45,000
Atlanta
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Portland
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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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ADP Payroll System
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$45,000
Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Gender
Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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