Payroll Clerk Salary (United States)

A Payroll Clerk earns an average wage of $14.86 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Human Resources is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Payroll Clerk Total Pay (?
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$25,765 - $49,040
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,896
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Payroll Clerk Total Pay (?
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$11.10 - $19.51
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,765 - $49,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,570  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,051  
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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$23,973 - $43,697  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,776
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $19.51  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $28.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,570  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,051  
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).
)
$23,973 - $43,697  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,776
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Job Description for Payroll Clerk

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Clerk

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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San Diego
up arrow 17%
Dallas
up arrow 13%
Philadelphia
up arrow 13%
Chicago
up arrow 11%
New York
up arrow 9%
Sacramento
up arrow 6%
Tulsa
up arrow 6%
Oklahoma City
up arrow 5%
Las Vegas
up arrow 1%
Houston
0%
Phoenix
0%
Rochester
0%
National Average
$32,000
Atlanta
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San Antonio
up arrow 7%
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Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Payroll Clerk Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Clerk Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 20%
Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%
Accounting
up arrow 3%
Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%
Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 1%
National Average
$32,000
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%
Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%
Quickbooks
up arrow 4%
ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 27%
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