Payroll Director Salary

The majority of Payroll Directors in the United States — over three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $132K per year, and the median is $86K annually. Total cash compensation for Payroll Directors runs from $48K to $132K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (81 percent) of Payroll Directors who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Payroll Directors is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,734 - $121,003
(Median)
$51K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,203
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$14.26 - $25.91
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$26
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,734 - $121,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,450  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,681  
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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$48,398 - $131,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$17.27 - $34.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,450  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,681  
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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$48,398 - $131,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting. Those proficient in Payroll Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $100K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



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$88,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%