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Payroll Analyst Salary

Payroll Analysts in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Payroll Analysts bottoms out near $36K and approaches $70K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Payroll Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Payroll Analysts who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Most claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$38,151 - $68,475
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MEDIAN: $51,244
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$15.59 - $26.87
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National Salary Data

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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
$38,151 - $68,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,228  
Profit Sharing
$808 - $5,872  
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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$35,891 - $69,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $26.87  
   
Overtime
$23.26 - $45.06  
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 - $7,228  
   
Profit Sharing
$808 - $5,872  
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).
)
$35,891 - $69,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
United States (change)

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


Survey results suggest that Payroll Analysts put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include PeopleSoft. Most people 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.


Payroll Analysts do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Payroll Analysts in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $47K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $50K. Payroll Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Payroll Analysts, 31 percent higher than the national average. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Charlotte (6 percent lower and 1 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



Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$51,000

PeopleSoft
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 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
36%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 10%