Payroll Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K 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. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Analysts (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,846 - $71,294
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$54K
$71K
MEDIAN: $53,988
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$15.10 - $28.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,846 - $71,294  
   
Bonus
$1,011 - $6,804  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$37,522 - $70,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $28.31  
   
Overtime
$21.99 - $43.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,011 - $6,804  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$37,522 - $70,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Analyst


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Many Payroll Analysts move into a Payroll Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Payroll Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Payroll Analysts.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Payroll Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in SAP Payroll, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include PeopleSoft. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. Payroll Analysts bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Payroll Analysts with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,584

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Payroll Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Payroll Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Houston (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Payroll Analysts in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Louisville (21 percent less) and Denver (11 percent less).

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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Key Stats for Payroll Analyst

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries

SAP Payroll
up arrow 19%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

PeopleSoft
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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