Payroll officers monitor an office's payroll. They are responsible for collecting timesheet information of each employee, calculating the amount to disburse to each employee in the pay period, calculate taxes, send money to accounts, and write checks. Their work setting is usually in an office, and the position is found in a wide variety of businesses. Payroll officers work with people on every level of the business, ranging from the entry level workers to the chief executive officer (CEO). Payroll officers work alongside other accounting clerks as well.
Payroll officers usually work in an office setting during regular business hours. They need strong communication skills, verbal and written; they must stay in contact with individuals across the company to confirm work attendance, hours worked, pay raises, payroll inconsistencies, and other details that may affect pay.
A high school education typically is preferred for payroll officer positions, but not required, for this position. Payroll officers must be trustworthy, have strong attention to detail, and have excellent basic-math skills.
Payroll Officer Tasks
Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
Enter changes to employee payroll records.
Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.