Median pay for Payroll Specialists in Chicago, Ill. is around $48K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most Payroll Specialists in Chicago survey respondents are women (76 percent). Work is enjoyable for Chicago Payroll Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,202 - $59,392
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$59K
MEDIAN: $48,264
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$13.67 - $27.79
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$14
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$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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$1,000  
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$31,846 - $59,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Hourly Rate
$13.67 - $27.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$20.63 - $42.92  
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$31,846 - $59,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
2,662,238
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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. Payroll Specialists in Chicago, Ill. see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $46K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Payroll Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries

ADP
up arrow 20%

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 10%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 9%

Data Processing
up arrow 8%

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 7%

Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Software Suite
up arrow 7%

Accounting
up arrow 5%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Accounts Payable
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Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

UltiPro (Ultimate Software)
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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