Payroll Specialist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Payroll Specialist is $17.83 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Payroll Specialist Salary (?
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$32,007 - $56,182
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MEDIAN: $42,949
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Payroll Specialist Salary (?
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$13.67 - $23.48
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,007 - $56,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $4,000  
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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$30,087 - $54,601  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,424
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.67 - $23.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$19.77 - $36.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $4,000  
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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$30,087 - $54,601  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,782
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

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

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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Denver
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$40,000
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Experience Affects Payroll Specialist Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries

ADP
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Office
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Accounting
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$40,000
Customer Service
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Data Processing
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Data Entry
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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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