Payroll Director Salary (United States)

Most Payroll Directors in the United States—more than three-quarters—have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48,424 to $129,398 per year, but standard earnings come to around $87,181 annually. Total cash compensation varies from around $50,348 to approximately $119,393; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $19,392, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in 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

Job skills reported by Payroll Directors are limited. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Accounting. It is often found that people who know Payroll Tax Compliance are also skilled in ADP Payroll System and Accounting. Most people who know Payroll Administration also know Accounting and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Payroll Directors. At career start, salaries are typically $53K, which grows to $84K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $100K after 10 to 20 years. Payroll Directors experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $100K.

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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$87,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
83%
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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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