Payroll Analyst Salary

Payroll Analysts in the United States take home approximately $54K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Payroll Analysts far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,482 - $71,842
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$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $54,463
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$15.45 - $28.89
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$29
MEDIAN: $21.30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,482 - $71,842  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $6,790  
Profit Sharing
$1,987  
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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$37,869 - $71,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $28.89  
   
Overtime
$22.40 - $45.07  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,014 - $6,790  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,987  
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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$37,869 - $71,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Analyst


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Payroll Analysts who transition into an upper level Payroll Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Payroll Manager makes $56K a year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Survey results suggest that Payroll Analysts use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in SAP Payroll, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Kronos and PeopleSoft. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in ADP Payroll System and Payroll Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Analyst

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 221 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 191 salaries. An experienced Payroll Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 195 salaries. A Payroll Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,064

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 (+24 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (12 percent lower) and Kansas City (11 percent lower).

Payroll Analyst Reviews

Q: 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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries

▲9%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$52,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries

SAP Payroll
▲18%




General Ledger Accounting
▲1%

National Average
$52,000



▼3%

Kronos
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 13%
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