Payroll Analyst Salary

Median pay for Payroll Analysts in the United States is around $52K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Payroll Analysts who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 83 percent. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,839 - $69,336
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$39K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $52,022
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$15.09 - $27.26
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,839 - $69,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,086  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $2,457  
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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$35,920 - $70,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $27.26  
   
Overtime
$22.28 - $45.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $2,457  
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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$35,920 - $70,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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 who go on to become Payroll Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Payroll Manager, an upper-level role, pays $54K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Survey results imply that Payroll Analysts put a diverse skill set 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. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. Payroll Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Payroll Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Payroll Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Miami and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 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



Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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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
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 10%
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