Payroll Director Salary

Payroll Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $88K per year, but may range from $49K to $135K per year. Cash earnings for Payroll Directors — including $20K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $135K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,251 - $122,720
(Median)
$52K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,803
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$14.26 - $25.91
(Median)
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,251 - $122,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,488  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $14,899  
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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$49,402 - $134,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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 - $20,488  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $14,899  
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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$49,402 - $134,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Typical 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, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Most people familiar with Payroll Administration also know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. Payroll Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $93K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $102K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Directors, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 63 percent greater than the national average. Payroll Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



Payroll Administration
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$90,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%
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