Payroll Assistant Salary

Payroll Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.48 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Assistants. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,006 - $50,367

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$11.53 - $20.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,006 - $50,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,369  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $3,000  
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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$25,168 - $48,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $20.57  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $33.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,369  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $3,000  
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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$25,168 - $48,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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Job Description for Payroll Assistant

A payroll assistant typically works either in the human resources or accounting department of a company. A person in this position assists with all aspects of payroll and related employee recordkeeping and storage. Much of a payroll assistant’s work involves data entry, and familiarity with basic computer programs is required, along with accuracy and attention to detail.

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Payroll Assistant Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Assistant


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Payroll Assistants do not often transition into Payroll Manager roles. The role averages $54K per year. The most common next step for a Payroll Assistant is to become a Payroll Specialist or a Payroll Administrator. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Survey results show that Payroll Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Those familiar with ADP Payroll System also tend to know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Assistant

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $32K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $37K. On average, Payroll Assistants make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $42K.

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What is it like working as a Payroll Assistant?

Payroll Assistant in Seattle:
"Not A Bad Job If You're Working With The Right Clientele."
Pros: I work independently with a supportive and fun coworker. My boss trusts that I can get things done and leaves me be. My schedule is fairly flexible.
Cons: I work with a lot of people who are homeless and have addiction problems. Many of them have really bad tempers and at times I feel unsafe. We don't have any form of protection from these people. Our computers and software are woefully outdated and poorly maintained, which makes my work more difficult than it has to be.

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Experience Affects Payroll Assistant Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 16%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 6%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%
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