Payroll Director Salary

Payroll Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under nine-tenths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $96K annually on average but can range from $57K to $148K per year. Total incomes of Payroll Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $27K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $57K and $148K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Payroll Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction for Payroll Directors is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,672 - $137,640
$60K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $96,113
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50%
90%

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$13.36 - $24.98
$19
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,672 - $137,640  
   
Bonus
$970 - $26,531  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $13,809  
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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$57,008 - $147,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.00  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$970 - $26,531  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $13,809  
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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$57,008 - $147,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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


Survey results suggest that Payroll Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Operations Management. It is often found that people who know Payroll Administration are also skilled in ADP Payroll System and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 19 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Payroll Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 136 salaries. A Payroll Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,066

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

Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Payroll Directors, 48 percent above the national average. Payroll Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+38 percent), Nashville (+21 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and New York (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

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Key Stats for Payroll Director

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
49%
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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$99,000

▼17%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



▲4%


National Average
$99,000

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼16%

Operations Management
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 14%
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