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Payroll Analyst Salary

Payroll Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $52K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Payroll Analysts (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,540 - $69,237
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,786
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$15.32 - $27.14
(Median)
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,540 - $69,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,086  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $2,457  
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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$35,947 - $70,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $27.14  
   
Overtime
$23.07 - $45.21  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $2,457  
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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$35,947 - $70,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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Job Description for Payroll Analyst

Payroll analyst positions are found in many different industries, but their basic role is usually similar across fields. The duties performed in this position revolve around handling payroll processing and management. This includes duties such as communicating with staff to ensure necessary payroll-related tasks are completed, completing daily audits and reconciliation, and coordinating with finance and human resources departments as needed. Other duties performed by payroll analysts include investigating payroll information, preparing garnishment reports, completing employment verification, posting journal entries, completing quarterly audits, performing database maintenance, and other miscellaneous payroll-related duties.

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Payroll Analyst Tasks

  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.

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Payroll Analysts' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Payroll Manager. Median pay for Payroll Managers is $54K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Survey results suggest that Payroll Analysts use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PeopleSoft. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know ADP Payroll System and Payroll Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Analyst

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


Payroll Analysts with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. Payroll Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Payroll Analysts will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Payroll Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Miami and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Payroll Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as a Payroll Analyst?

Payroll Analyst in Walnut:
"Accountability Outstanding."
Pros: The colleagues I pay. The customer service I give them and the help. I give in providing answers to issues.
Cons: Some Upper management is not accountable.

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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries



Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$51,000

PeopleSoft
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 10%
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