Chicago Payroll Specialists take home approximately $49K per year on average. Female Payroll Specialists in Chicago make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. For the most part, Payroll Specialists in Chicago, Ill. enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and the greater part earn vision coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,065 - $60,200
$36K
$49K
$60K
MEDIAN: $48,560
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50%
90%

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$13.72 - $25.37
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.49
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90%

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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,065 - $60,200  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,950 - $59,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $25.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$20.59 - $41.84  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$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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$30,950 - $59,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
2,720,556
Male:
1,320,015 (48.5%)
Female:
1,400,541 (51.5%)
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research...
Chicago:
$50,702
Illinois:
$59,588
$985
Chicago:
$238,500
Illinois:
$180,300
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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. On average, Payroll Specialists in Chicago make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $46K.

Key Stats for Payroll Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Payroll Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries

ADP
up arrow 22%

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 13%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 12%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 10%

Data Processing
up arrow 10%

Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Software Suite
up arrow 9%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$45,000

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

UltiPro (Ultimate Software)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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