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Payroll Specialist Salary

Payroll Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.94 per hour for pay. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Payroll Specialists spread between $30K and $56K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Payroll Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$32,816 - $57,906
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,840
10%
50%
90%

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$13.82 - $23.85
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,816 - $57,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $6,727  
Commission
$504 - $5,087  
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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$30,344 - $55,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $23.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$20.00 - $36.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
   
Commission
$504 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $6,727  
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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$30,344 - $55,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,050
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Job Description for Payroll Specialist

Payroll specialists can be found in many industries from small businesses to large organizations. Job responsibilities often include payroll processing, maintaining personnel databases, and managing budgetary expenditures. Knowledge and experience with tax laws, union contracts, wage and hour laws, and common fiscal procedures are important. Most payroll specialists are expected to have a good understanding of budgetary operations. Payroll specialists report to a supervisor who oversees the department. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, may be required.

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Payroll Specialist Tasks

  • Maintain current knowledge of IRS regulations.
  • Compile and submit payroll deductions related check requests and payments.
  • Maintain, prepare and process payroll for organization personnel.
  • Audit employee timesheets for hours worked and accuracy.
  • Prepare payroll related journal entries for period-end.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Specialist


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It's not very common for Payroll Specialists to move on to become Human Resources Managers. Average pay for a Human Resources Manager is $58K annually. However, it's more common for Payroll Specialists to move into roles as Payroll Managers or Payroll Administrators.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Payroll Specialist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Francis E. Parker Memorial Home offers the most; Payroll Specialists earn $52K on average there.

The lowest salaries can be found at Paychex, Inc. — median pay is $38K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $27K and only reaching $45K.

Popular Skills for Payroll Specialist


Payroll Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ADP Time and Attendance System, ADP, ADP Payroll System, and Benefits & Compensation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Payroll Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Payroll Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Payroll Specialists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Payroll Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (8 percent less) and Cincinnati (4 percent less).

Payroll Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Payroll Specialist?

Payroll Specialist in Austin:
"For Love or Money?"
Pros: I enjoy successfully processing an accurate pay period because I care about every one of our employees and want them to not worry about compensation for their hard work.
Cons: Offering 100% of myself on a daily basis, and feeling like I am compensated for 75%. I least like that I cannot participate in PFP or some type of Bonus structure.

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Experience Affects Payroll Specialist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries


ADP
up arrow 9%



Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$41,000

Data Processing
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 713 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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