Payroll Analyst Salary

Payroll Analysts in the United States take home an average $52K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Payroll Analysts (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,863 - $69,303
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $52,100
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$15.17 - $27.39
(Median)
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,863 - $69,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
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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$36,077 - $70,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $27.39  
   
Overtime
$23.00 - $45.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
   
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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$36,077 - $70,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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


Typical Payroll Analysts report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PeopleSoft. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in 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.


For many Payroll Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Payroll Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Payroll Analysts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Kansas City (9 percent less) and Miami (7 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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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries



Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$51,000

PeopleSoft
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
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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