Payroll Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.42 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Payroll Assistants is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Payroll Assistants are female. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,840 - $51,393
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$29K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,937
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$11.47 - $20.36
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$11
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$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,840 - $51,393  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $6,000  
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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$24,714 - $46,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $20.36  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $31.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.00 - $6,000  
   
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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$24,714 - $46,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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 $56K per year on average. 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 $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Payroll Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Microsoft Word and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Assistant

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Payroll Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $40K.

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
$34,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries



Payroll Administration
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National Average
$34,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Data Entry
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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