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Payroll Analyst Salary

The average Payroll Analyst in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The vast majority (83 percent) of Payroll Analysts who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,171 - $69,397
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$38K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,893
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$15.32 - $26.76
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20
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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
$38,171 - $69,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,080  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $2,250  
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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$35,625 - $70,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $26.76  
   
Overtime
$23.00 - $45.26  
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 - $7,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $2,250  
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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$35,625 - $70,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Analyst


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For Payroll Analysts, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Payroll Analysts earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Payroll Manager.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Payroll Analysts usually report a few specific 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 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (8 percent lower) and Kansas City (1 percent lower).

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 105 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 10%