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Payroll Assistant Salary

Most Payroll Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.35 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Most Payroll Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,882 - $50,682
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,790
10%
50%
90%

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$11.44 - $20.32
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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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
$27,882 - $50,682  
   
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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$25,106 - $48,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$13.00 - $33.62  
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 - $3,200  
   
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).
)
$25,106 - $48,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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 do not often transition into Payroll Manager roles. The role averages $54K per year. When Payroll Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Payroll Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Microsoft Word, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. Most people experienced in ADP Payroll System also know Data Entry. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word and Data Entry.

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 $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries

Payroll Administration
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 21%