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Payroll Analyst Salary (United States)

With one-half of Payroll Analysts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Payroll Analysts is $51K per year and can range from $35K on the lower end to $69K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Payroll Analysts bottoms out near $35K and approaches $69K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair portion earn vision coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Analysts (84 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $26.73  
   
Overtime
$23.38 - $44.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$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  
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 for those who assume higher-end positions like Payroll Manager. Payroll Managers tend to get paid $53K.

Payroll Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst

Payroll Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Payroll Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Payroll Analyst with more than 20 years of experience can earn $58K on average. Payroll Analysts with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
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For those looking to make money, Payroll Analysts in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Payroll Analysts see paychecks higher than average (+19 percent, +17 percent, +17 percent, and +9 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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
$50,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Analyst Salaries

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$50,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 112 votes.

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%