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Payroll Specialist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Payroll Specialists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.96 per hour on average. In the world of Payroll Specialists, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $55K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,719 - $57,734
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,711
10%
50%
90%

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$13.85 - $23.88
(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
$32,719 - $57,734  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,750  
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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$30,376 - $55,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,550
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
$13.85 - $23.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$20.09 - $36.82  
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 - $2,970  
   
Commission
$504 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $5,750  
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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$30,376 - $55,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,021

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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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While Payroll Specialists do not often become Human Resources Managers, the job pays $58K per year on average. Becoming a Payroll Manager or a Payroll Administrator is, however, a more typical career progression for Payroll Specialists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Payroll Specialist


Payroll Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Francis E. Parker Memorial Home, where the average salary comes to $52K.

Paychex, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $38K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $27K to $46K.

Popular Skills for Payroll Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Payroll Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Payroll Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 8%


Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

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%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 716 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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