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Payroll Director Salary (United States)

With more than three-quarters of Payroll Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $129K per year and averages out to $85K annually. Overall cash earnings for Payroll Directors stretch from $48K on the lower end to $129K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $21K from bonuses and $19K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. In a profession dominated by women, 83 percent of Payroll Directors are female. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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

Survey takers who work as 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting. Most people familiar with Payroll Tax Compliance also know ADP Payroll System and Accounting. Most people skilled in Payroll Administration are similarly competent in 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.
Payroll Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $84K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$87,000
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For Payroll Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average 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

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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%