Payroll Analyst Salary

Median pay for Payroll Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $53K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. There are far more female Payroll Analysts who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Analysts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,043 - $69,875
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$70K
MEDIAN: $53,110
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$15.36 - $27.43
(Median)
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,043 - $69,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,142  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$1,100  
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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$36,709 - $70,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 508
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.36 - $27.43  
   
Overtime
$22.12 - $44.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,142  
   
Commission
$1,100  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$36,709 - $70,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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 $55K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Payroll Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in SAP Payroll, Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


For Payroll Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. 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

National Average: $51,268

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

For Payroll Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Kansas City and Miami (10 percent lower and 7 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

SAP Payroll
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ADP Payroll System
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Microsoft Excel
0%

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 107 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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