Payroll Supervisor Salary

Payroll Supervisors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly three-fifths of Payroll Supervisors. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $77K per year, but expected earnings average $59K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Payroll Supervisors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Job satisfaction for Payroll Supervisors is high. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,514 - $76,097
$45K
$59K
$76K
MEDIAN: $58,543
10%
50%
90%

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$15.78 - $30.90
$16
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.73
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,514 - $76,097  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $7,011  
Profit Sharing
$4,898  
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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$41,467 - $76,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $30.90  
   
Overtime
$25.68 - $45.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,007 - $7,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,898  
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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$41,467 - $76,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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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While Payroll Supervisors do not often become Payroll Directors, the job pays $88K per year on average. A Payroll Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Payroll Supervisors. Paychecks for that role are $56K on average. The Human Resources Manager position is another common transition for Payroll Supervisors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $59K mark.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Payroll Supervisors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with UltiPro, ADP Time and Attendance System, and Ceridian Payroll System are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Microsoft Office and Accounting.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $52K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $55K on average. Payroll Supervisors see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,671

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

For those looking to make money, Payroll Supervisors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Payroll Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Payroll Supervisors in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Jacksonville (20 percent less) and Chicago (13 percent less).

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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Payroll Supervisor Salaries

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$58,000

▼4%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Payroll Supervisor Salaries

UltiPro (Ultimate Software)
▲20%

ADP Time and Attendance System
▲13%

Ceridian Payroll System
▲11%

SAP Payroll
▲6%





▲2%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$58,000





Human Resources
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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