Payroll Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Payroll Analysts who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,160 - $71,510
$40K
$54K
$72K
MEDIAN: $54,129
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$15.10 - $29.15
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,160 - $71,510  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $6,913  
Profit Sharing
$1,963  
Total Pay (?
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$37,949 - $71,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $29.15  
   
Overtime
$22.22 - $44.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,006 - $6,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,963  
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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$37,949 - $71,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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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.

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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 $56K.

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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, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. 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.


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 $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll Analysts make a median salary of $57K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $56K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,795

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

For Payroll Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Payroll Analysts' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Payroll Analysts in Louisville bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Pittsburgh and 12 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries

SAP Payroll
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General Ledger Accounting
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National Average
$52,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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