Payroll Assistant Salary

Payroll Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.47 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,410 - $50,453
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,095
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$11.52 - $20.50
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$28,410 - $50,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,200  
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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$25,200 - $48,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $20.50  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $33.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,200  
   
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).
)
$25,200 - $48,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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 who advance into the role of a Payroll Manager are fairly uncommon. Payroll Managers on average earn $54K per year. 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 $4K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Survey results imply that Payroll Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Those proficient in ADP Payroll System are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Assistant

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $32K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. Payroll Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $42K.

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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 16%

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
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 21%
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