Payroll Analyst Salary

Payroll Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $52K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. The vast majority of Payroll Analysts (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Payroll Analysts is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,861 - $69,765

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$15.22 - $27.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,861 - $69,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,080  
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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$36,243 - $70,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $27.22  
   
Overtime
$23.00 - $45.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,080  
   
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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$36,243 - $70,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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.

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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 $54K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst


Payroll Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 experienced in 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.


For Payroll Analysts, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Payroll Analysts see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers in Kansas City and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 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



Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$51,000

PeopleSoft
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 10%
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