Payroll Director Salary

With four in five of Payroll Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Payroll Directors is $88K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $135K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $21K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Payroll Directors spread between $49K and $135K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Payroll Directors making up 79 percent. Most Payroll Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,302 - $122,720
(Median)
$52K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,810
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$14.26 - $25.91
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$20
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,302 - $122,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,507  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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: 2 Jul 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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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: 2 Jul 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


Job skills reported by Payroll Directors are limited. 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 3 percent and 13 percent. Those familiar with Payroll Administration also tend to 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.


For many Payroll Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $52K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. Payroll Directors bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. Payroll Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Payroll Directors that is 63 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Payroll Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and New York (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
11%
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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