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.
|Salary||$27,076 - $51,108|
|Bonus||$96.96 - $5,182|
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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).)
|$24,472 - $47,347|
|Hourly Rate||$11.33 - $21.12|
|Overtime||$14.98 - $30.65|
|Bonus||$96.96 - $5,182|
|Total Pay (||$24,472 - $47,347|
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.Read More...
Additionally, payroll assistants help process new employees by handling new hire paperwork. This typically involves working with federal and state work eligibility and tax withholding documents. Many companies also have new employees fill out various benefits paperwork, as well as documentation related to tax credit benefits the company may receive for hiring them; this paperwork is typically entered into various computer databases so proper withholding, exemptions, and pre-tax deductions are taken from employee paychecks.
Because existing employees' needs may change, payroll assistants also help process changes to income tax withholding, any new benefits, and changes to existing benefits that the employee submits to the human resources department. Payroll assistants may also be tasked with storage of original employment documents, including resumes, applications, and original new-hire paperwork. Additionally, payroll assistants can be tasked with tracking information such as earned vacation or time off.
Most companies look for payroll assistants who possess office administration vocational training or previous work experience. Payroll assistants must possess excellent organizational skills, and they should expect to work regular business hours.
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
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.
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
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).
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