Payroll Director Salary

Payroll Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than four-fifths of Payroll Directors. Salaries average out to around $90K per year and spread from $54K to $139K per year. In the world of Payroll Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $54K and $139K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $22K and $15K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Payroll Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Directors (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 (?
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Payroll Administration, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Payroll Administration also know Accounting and ADP Payroll System. Those who learned Payroll Tax Compliance 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.


Payroll Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Payroll Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,199

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

Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Payroll Directors, 51 percent higher than the national average. Payroll Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

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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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