Payroll Director Salary

With over 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 $90K annually and can range from $54K on the lower end to $139K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Payroll Directors approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $139K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $22K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women account for the majority of Payroll Directors who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,481 - $125,383
(Median)
$57K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,640
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$11.86 - $56.24
(Median)
$12
$20
$56
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,481 - $125,383  
   
Bonus
$-0.46 - $22,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $15,000  
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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$53,596 - $138,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $56.24  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.46 - $22,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $15,000  
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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$53,596 - $138,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Payroll Tax Compliance also know ADP Payroll System and Accounting. The majority of those who know Payroll Administration also know Accounting and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Payroll Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. Payroll Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $103K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,199

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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 Los Angeles (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



Payroll Administration
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National Average
$92,000

Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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