Payroll Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.47 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,220 - $50,855
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,076
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50%
90%

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$11.76 - $20.98
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,220 - $50,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,904  
Profit Sharing
$1,011  
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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$25,494 - $48,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $20.98  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $33.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,904  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,011  
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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$25,494 - $48,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 $55K 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 $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Survey results suggest that Payroll Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know 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.


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 $37K. Payroll Assistants bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Payroll Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,700

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

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Payroll Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Seattle.

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 Administration
up arrow 4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

ADP Payroll System
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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