Payroll Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under nine-tenths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $57K to $147K per year, median earnings come to $94K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $25K each, total incomes of Payroll Directors generally range from $57K to $147K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Payroll Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,884 - $136,149
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MEDIAN: $94,114
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,884 - $136,149  
   
Bonus
$1,024 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $24,468  
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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$56,817 - $146,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.02  
   
Overtime
$26.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,024 - $25,434  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $24,468  
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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$56,817 - $146,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Operations Management. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Payroll Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $75K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $85K. On average, Payroll Directors make $99K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $107K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,891

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Payroll Directors, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+37 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000

Accounting
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Payroll Administration
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Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
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Microsoft Excel
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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