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Payroll Accountant Salary

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 $50K per year on average but can range from $31K to $66K per year. In the world of Payroll Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $66K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Accountants (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Payroll Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,818 - $66,516
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,676
10%
50%
90%

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$11.58 - $25.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$34,818 - $66,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,069  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $3,710  
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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$31,232 - $65,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 457
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $44.63  
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 - $4,069  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $3,710  
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).
)
$31,232 - $65,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Payroll Accountants who move on to become Payroll Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $54K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Accountant


Payroll Accountants seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 8 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll Accountants make a median salary of $52K. Payroll Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries



Accounting
up arrow 8%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$46,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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