Payroll Director Salary

With around four-fifths 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 annually and can range from $50K on the lower end to $135K per year near the higher end. In the world of Payroll Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $135K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Payroll Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,058 - $122,897

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$14.26 - $25.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,058 - $122,897  
   
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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$50,411 - $135,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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$50,411 - $135,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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


Payroll Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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.


Payroll Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. Payroll Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Payroll Directors, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 62 percent above the national average. Payroll Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and New York (+19 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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$90,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

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