Payroll Analyst Salary (United States)

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Payroll Analysts in the United States, 50 percent. There is a range in pay— $35,470 to $69,333 per year—with average salary amounting to $49,873 per year. Overall cash allowance, including $7,167 each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, generally bottoms out around $37,671 and peaks near $68,225. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and most earn vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Payroll Analysts who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Payroll Analyst Salary (?
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$37,671 - $68,225
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Payroll Analyst Salary (?
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$15.28 - $26.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,671 - $68,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,167  
Profit Sharing
$808 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
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$35,470 - $69,333  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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$15.28 - $26.73  
   
Overtime
$23.38 - $44.95  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $7,167  
   
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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$35,470 - $69,333  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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Payroll Analysts' salary tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Payroll Manager tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

Payroll Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst

Payroll Analysts report a focused set of job skills. Payroll Tax Compliance and ADP Payroll System are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 5 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PeopleSoft. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled 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.
Though Payroll Analysts can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $46K—can reach $49,911. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $53K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Payroll Analysts and pay is expected at $58K. Payroll Analysts with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$50,000
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Payroll Analysts will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Payroll Analyst Salaries

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$50,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 11%
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