The average salary for a Payroll Accountant is $51,521 per year. A skill in Accounting is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
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$37,510 - $69,173
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,520
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90%

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$14.24 - $28.11
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,510 - $69,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,336  
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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$33,924 - $67,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $28.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$22.81 - $46.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,336  
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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$33,924 - $67,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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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

National Average: $49,328

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Experience Affects Payroll Accountant Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Accountant Salaries

Accounting
up arrow 13%



ADP Payroll System
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$49,000


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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