Just under three-fifths of Payroll Supervisors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $76K per year, but median earnings come to around $59K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Women account for the majority of Payroll Supervisors who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,608 - $75,827
$45K
$59K
$76K
MEDIAN: $58,526
10%
50%
90%

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$15.66 - $30.86
$16
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.64
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,608 - $75,827  
   
Bonus
$1,006 - $7,008  
Profit Sharing
$4,797  
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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$41,435 - $76,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 593
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.66 - $30.86  
   
Overtime
$25.62 - $45.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,006 - $7,008  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,797  
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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$41,435 - $76,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138

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Job Description for Payroll Supervisor

A typical payroll supervisor is responsible for reviewing payroll, as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal government regulations. Payroll supervisors work extensively with finances in a detail-oriented and deadline-based environment. This field requires individuals stay current with changes in government requirements so that the employer remains in compliance. Payroll supervisors may hire and supervise payroll clerks who work under them; this may include training, directing work, proving performance reviews, and meting out rewards and disciplinary action. They may also work closely with human resources personnel, business owners, and employees.

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Payroll Supervisor Tasks

  • Approve time records and requests for time off.
  • Write descriptions for job openings.
  • Screen, hire, orient and train new employees.
  • Assign duties and evaluate performance of subordinates.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Supervisor


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Though it's uncommon, some Payroll Supervisors move into roles as Payroll Directors, where pay is an average $87K per year. The most common promotion for Payroll Supervisors is a Payroll Manager position, which usually brings in $56K a year. Another standard transition for Payroll Supervisors seeking advancement is to assume a Human Resources Manager role, where pay is often $59K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Payroll Supervisors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in ADP Time and Attendance System, SAP Payroll, Payroll Tax Compliance, and ADP Payroll System are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Supervisor

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


Payroll Supervisors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $52K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $55K on average. Payroll Supervisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,583

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Payroll Supervisors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll Supervisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Payroll Supervisors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Payroll Supervisors in San Antonio bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Jacksonville and Sacramento earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Payroll Supervisor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Payroll Supervisor?

Payroll Supervisor in Sacramento:
"Payroll Supervisor."
Pros: I like being able to work in a office that has a good atmosphere, and I like doing what I do honestly. Being able to help make sure people are getting paid what they should and checks are being sent out on time.
Cons: The fact that I feel like I don't get paid what I should, and I feel my manager takes me less serious because I am young, but I take pride in what I do and how I do it.

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Key Stats for Payroll Supervisor

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
034
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Payroll Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$58,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Supervisor Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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