Payroll Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.43 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,131 - $50,495
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,332
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$11.52 - $20.41
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,131 - $50,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,200  
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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$25,169 - $47,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $20.41  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $33.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,200  
   
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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$25,169 - $47,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Payroll Managers. That role pays $54K per year on average. Payroll Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Payroll Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Most people familiar with ADP Payroll System also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Assistant

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $32K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. Payroll Assistants bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $42K on average.

Payroll Assistant Reviews

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 17%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 5%

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
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%
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