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Payroll Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Payroll Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.20 per hour on average. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most Payroll Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,983 - $50,424
(Median)
$27K
$38K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,874
10%
50%
90%

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$11.33 - $20.40
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
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
$26,983 - $50,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Profit Sharing
$442.19 - $1,032  
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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$25,104 - $48,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $34.52  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$442.19 - $1,032  
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).
)
$25,104 - $48,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 248
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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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Though some Payroll Assistants move into positions like Payroll Manager (where the average salary is $54K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Payroll Assistant is to become a Payroll Specialist or a Payroll Administrator. Compared to Payroll Assistants, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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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 Microsoft Word, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Those proficient in ADP Payroll System are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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.


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 $36K. Payroll Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.

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 22%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries



Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%