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Payroll Supervisor Salary

The majority of Payroll Supervisors in the United States — three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $73K per year, and the median is $56K annually. Total cash compensation to Payroll Supervisors ranges from $39K on the lower end to $73K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Payroll Supervisors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Supervisors (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire.

$40,533 - $72,602
(Median)
$41K
$56K
$73K
MEDIAN: $55,693
10%
50%
90%

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$14.09 - $28.64
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,533 - $72,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,031  
Profit Sharing
$2.50 - $6,878  
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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$38,761 - $73,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 847
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $28.64  
   
Overtime
$19.21 - $40.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.50 - $6,878  
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).
)
$38,761 - $73,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Payroll Supervisor


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Though not the most common occurrence, Payroll Supervisors sometimes become Payroll Directors, where the average income is $85K per year. It is more probable, however, that Payroll Supervisors become Payroll Managers or Human Resources Managers.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Time and Attendance System, SAP Payroll, ADP Payroll System, and Payroll Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Accounting and Payroll Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Supervisor

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


For Payroll Supervisors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. Payroll Supervisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Payroll Supervisors in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Supervisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Payroll Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Supervisor Salaries

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 19%

SAP Payroll
up arrow 11%



Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
up arrow 4%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounting
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%