Payroll Director Salary (United States)

With close to four-fifths 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 $87,181 annually and can range from $48,424 on the lower end to $129,398 per year near the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Directors. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Payroll Director Salary (?
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$50,348 - $119,393
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MEDIAN: $84,990
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Payroll Director Salary (?
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$11.86 - $56.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,348 - $119,393  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $21,208  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $19,392  
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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$48,424 - $129,398  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $56.24  
   
Overtime
$16.97 - $33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $21,208  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $19,392  
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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$48,424 - $129,398  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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

Payroll Directors report a focused set of job skills. ADP Payroll System and Payroll Tax Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 6 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting. Most people familiar with Payroll Administration also know Accounting and ADP Payroll System. Those who learned Payroll Tax Compliance also tend to know 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.
Pay for Payroll Directors increases steadily with experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, pay rises to approximately $84K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $100K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Payroll Directors tend to earn $100K at this point in time.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$87,000
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For those looking to make money, Payroll Directors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Payroll Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+24 percent) and Los Angeles (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries

ADP Payroll System
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Payroll Administration
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$87,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%
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