The average rate for an Entry-Level Payroll Specialist is $17.03 per hour.

$31,541 - $56,075
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,859
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$13.26 - $22.08
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,541 - $56,075  
   
Bonus
$310.27 - $4,369  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$400.00  
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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$28,835 - $51,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.26 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$19.67 - $33.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$310.27 - $4,369  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,835 - $51,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 929
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,426

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Payroll Specialist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Payroll Specialist in Park Hills:
"Manage your stress levels."
Learn to leave work at the office; enjoy your downtime, as this position comes with many deadlines and a lot of stress.

Payroll Specialist in Greenwood:
"Appreciation."
Make sure you are getting the appreciation you deserve for the work you do. I work hard at what I do and go above and beyond. Sometimes a pat on the back is just not enough to keep me wanting to do more for this company.

Payroll Specialist in Lynchburg:
"90 Miles and Hour."
Research, learn, stay up-to-date, be open to new ideas. Always look to find what is best for the company and yourself.

Payroll Specialist in Philadelphia:
"Questions I should Have Asked."
Always ask if there is room for advancement; if your direct manager has an payroll background; if having the CPP certification is required; what training opportunities are available; is there freedom for process improvements. I want to turn this position into my dream job.

Payroll Specialist in Orlando:
"More about payroll websites."
Take a lot of notes and try to network with people in similar positions.

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Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries

ADP Time and Attendance System
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Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Software Suite
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Accounting
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Benefits & Compensation
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Payroll Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Tax Compliance
0%

National Average
$38,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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ADP
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Data Processing
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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