Payroll Director Salary

With just under nine-tenths of Payroll Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Payroll Directors is $96K annually and can range from $57K on the lower end to $146K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Payroll Directors varies from around $57K to approximately $146K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $26K and $24K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Payroll Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,628 - $135,195
$60K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,501
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$13.23 - $20.35
$18
MEDIAN: $18.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,628 - $135,195  
   
Bonus
$986 - $26,084  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $24,468  
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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$57,186 - $145,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.02  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $26,084  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $24,468  
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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$57,186 - $145,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Payroll Director

The payroll director oversees payroll, payroll accounting, and payroll tax for their company. The payroll director may oversee other payroll employees and be entrusted with hiring duties. Additionally, the payroll manager may perform external and internal audits related to payroll, making sure that the payroll department is adhering to company and legal standards. They may help automate payroll processes, upgrade payroll software, and correct any payroll problems as well. Problem solving is an important skill in this position, as the payroll director helps evaluate and improve payroll processes as needed. When employees have issues with the payroll administration, the payroll director should be able to determine reasons for the problem, correct any related mistakes, and ensure that they do not reoccur.

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Payroll Director Tasks

  • Ensure payroll tax payments are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local tax laws.
  • Reconcile payroll related general ledger accounts.
  • Manage the overall corporate payroll functions including, payroll processing, payroll taxes, reviewing and revising policies and procedures, as well as internal controls, system review and upgrade.
  • Maintain necessary vendor relationships and compliance.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Director


Payroll Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Operations Management, and Human Resources Information System. For most people, competency in Payroll Administration indicates knowledge of ADP Payroll System and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

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


Payroll Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $71K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $83K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $109K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,949

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Payroll Directors, 38 percent higher than the national average. Payroll Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+35 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Nashville (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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Key Stats for Payroll Director

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
51%
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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$99,000

▼16%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



▲2%

National Average
$99,000


Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
▼4%

Microsoft Excel
▼16%

Operations Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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