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Payroll Director Salary

Payroll Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $86K per year, but may range from $49K to $132K per year. With some bonuses approaching $22K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Payroll Directors spread between $49K and $132K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of Payroll Directors are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Directors. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$50,345 - $120,656
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MEDIAN: $86,131
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$13.11 - $41.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,345 - $120,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,975  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $12,739  
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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$48,576 - $131,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $41.50  
   
Overtime
$17.27 - $34.18  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $12,739  
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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$48,576 - $131,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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

  • 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.
  • Ensure payroll tax payments are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local tax laws.
  • Reconcile payroll related general ledger accounts.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Director


Survey results show that Payroll Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting. 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. On average, Payroll Directors make $92K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $101K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



Payroll Administration
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National Average
$88,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 14%