Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.46 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, roughly a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,231 - $51,494
$27K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,445
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50%
90%

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$11.25 - $20.67
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,231 - $51,494  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,449 - $46,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $20.67  
   
Overtime
$14.60 - $31.25  
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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$24,449 - $46,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Payroll Assistant


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There are some Payroll Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Payroll Managers, where earnings are an average $56K annually. 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 $5K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Payroll Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of 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.


For Payroll Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Payroll Assistants make a median salary of $39K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Payroll Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,041

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Payroll Assistants, 25 percent above the national average. Payroll Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent) and Los Angeles (+4 percent). In Houston, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Payroll Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Payroll Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Payroll Assistant Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries




Microsoft Office
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National Average
$34,000




Quickbooks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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