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Payroll Director Salary

More than three-quarters of Payroll Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $132K per year, and the average comes out to $87K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Payroll Directors spread between $48K and $132K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Payroll Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of Payroll Directors are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,709 - $121,309
(Median)
$51K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,788
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$14.26 - $25.91
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$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,709 - $121,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,441  
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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$48,351 - $132,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$17.27 - $34.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,441  
   
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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$48,351 - $132,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. Payroll Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $101K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



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National Average
$88,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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