Payroll Specialist Salary (United States)

A Payroll Specialist earns an average wage of $17.77 per hour. A skill in ADP Time and Attendance System is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Payroll Specialist Total Pay (?
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$31,841 - $55,908
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MEDIAN: $42,651
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Payroll Specialist Total Pay (?
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$13.54 - $23.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,841 - $55,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,898  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,915  
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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$29,849 - $54,254  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $23.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$19.68 - $36.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,898  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,915  
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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$29,849 - $54,254  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,180
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

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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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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Office
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Accounting
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Customer Service
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Accounts Payable
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National Average
$40,000
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Gender

Female
91%
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Male
9%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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