Payroll Clerk Salary

The average wage for a Payroll Clerk is $15.38 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.

$26,841 - $49,986
$27K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,631
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50%
90%

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$11.78 - $20.33
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,841 - $49,986  
   
Bonus
$247.47 - $4,122  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,113 - $45,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $20.33  
   
Overtime
$16.28 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$247.47 - $4,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$25,113 - $45,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,149

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Job Description for Payroll Clerk

Payroll clerks typically work within the accounting or human resources (HR) departments of organizations to ensure that employees are paid accurately and on-time. Small companies may require payroll clerks to collect and organize time cards, and they must then enter information related to employees' hours worked and pay periods into their company's computer.

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Payroll Clerk Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 824 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 386 salaries. An experienced Payroll Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 355 salaries. A Payroll Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 150 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,758

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Key Stats for Payroll Clerk

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Payroll Clerk Salaries

▲9%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Payroll Clerk Salaries




▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Accounts Payable
▼1%


▼3%



▼4%


Human Resources
▼5%

Tax Preparation
▼5%

ADP Time and Attendance System
▼10%

Payroll
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 26%
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