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Payroll Assistant Salary

Payroll Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.47 per hour for pay. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,142 - $50,825
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,539
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50%
90%

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$11.56 - $20.38
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,142 - $50,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,145  
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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$25,247 - $48,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $20.38  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $33.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,145  
   
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).
)
$25,247 - $48,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Payroll Assistants sometimes become Payroll Managers, where the average income is $54K per year. A common career progression for a Payroll Assistant is to become a Payroll Specialist or a Payroll Administrator. Compared to Payroll Assistants, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, Microsoft Word, and ADP Payroll System 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. For most people, competency in ADP Payroll System indicates knowledge of 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll Assistants make a median salary of $36K. Payroll Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $43K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 17%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 7%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

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
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%
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