Payroll Assistant Salary

Median pay for Payroll Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.36 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. There are far more female Payroll Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Assistants. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,076 - $51,108
$27K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,646
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50%
90%

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$11.33 - $21.12
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,076 - $51,108  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $5,182  
Total Pay (?
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$24,472 - $47,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $21.12  
   
Overtime
$14.98 - $30.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$96.96 - $5,182  
   
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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$24,472 - $47,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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 most often move into positions as Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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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 Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 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

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Payroll Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 63 salaries. A Payroll Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,957

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

Payroll Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Payroll Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent) and Los Angeles (+4 percent).

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
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Payroll Assistant Salaries

▲17%

▲17%

▲15%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries




Microsoft Office
▲3%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%



Quickbooks
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 24%
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