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Payroll Coordinator Salary

Most Payroll Coordinators in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $18.20 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Payroll Coordinators can bottom out near $31K or peak near $55K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Payroll Coordinators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,860 - $56,063
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $43,463
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$13.70 - $24.08
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,860 - $56,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $6,411  
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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$30,575 - $54,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $24.08  
   
Overtime
$19.52 - $37.06  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $6,411  
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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$30,575 - $54,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 904

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Job Description for Payroll Coordinator

A payroll coordinator is responsible for managing the payroll accounts of a company or business. Payroll coordinators supervise employee’s wages, salaries, bonuses, deductions, and taxes. They ensure that paycheck amounts are distributed in accordance with federal regulations and may also be responsible for reporting tax deductions; the payroll coordinator also works closely with the business accountant regarding tax matters. Payroll coordinators are also responsible for enforcing any government garnishments of wages for child support, loan defaults, or bankruptcy. They also keep track of vacation time, sick time, and company benefits. In addition to these roles, they may also handle other financial duties, including reimbursements for expenses, petty cash, and financial reports.

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Payroll Coordinator 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 Coordinator


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It's not very common for Payroll Coordinators to move on to become Human Resources Managers. Average pay for a Human Resources Manager is $58K annually. Given that the median pay is $38K, it may be surprising to find that a Payroll Specialist is the most common role for Payroll Coordinators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Payroll Manager role — which pays $54K — is also typical for Payroll Coordinators, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Coordinator


Payroll Coordinators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UltiPro, Microsoft Dynamics GP, ADP Payroll System, and Payroll Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Coordinator

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. For Payroll Coordinators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Payroll Coordinators report making only $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Coordinators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Payroll Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Workers in Nashville and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Payroll Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Coordinator Salaries

UltiPro (Ultimate Software)
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
up arrow 5%

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

ADP
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Kronos
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Human Resources
0%

National Average
$41,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%