The average wage for a Payroll Clerk is $14.68 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. 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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$25,496 - $48,201
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,541
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Payroll Clerk Total Pay (?
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$10.94 - $19.24
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,496 - $48,201  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,687  
Profit Sharing
$490.94 - $4,966  
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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$23,729 - $43,255  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,834
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $19.24  
   
Overtime
$14.71 - $28.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,687  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.94 - $4,966  
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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$23,729 - $43,255  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,834
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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
Chicago
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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New York
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Las Vegas
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Sacramento
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Houston
up arrow 4%
Rochester
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National Average
$32,000
Eugene
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Atlanta
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Fresno
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Colorado Springs
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Experience Affects Payroll Clerk Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Clerk Salaries

Payroll Administration
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Accounting
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Excel
0%
National Average
$32,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
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Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 25%
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