Payroll Supervisor Salary

Around three in five of Payroll Supervisors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $40K to $74K per year, and the average comes out to $57K annually. Final cash compensation to Payroll Supervisors varies from around $40K to approximately $74K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Payroll Supervisors is high. Female Payroll Supervisors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,628 - $73,661
(Median)
$42K
$57K
$74K
MEDIAN: $56,695
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$14.14 - $29.44
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$41,628 - $73,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,491  
Profit Sharing
$2.43 - $6,040  
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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$39,572 - $74,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 936
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.14 - $29.44  
   
Overtime
$19.96 - $41.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,491  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.43 - $6,040  
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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$39,572 - $74,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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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It's not very common for Payroll Supervisors to move on to become Payroll Directors. Average pay for a Payroll Director is $86K annually. Payroll Supervisors most frequently become Payroll Managers and Payroll & Benefits Managers even though median compensation is $1K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Payroll Supervisors seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Office and Accounting. Most people familiar with Payroll Administration also know Accounting and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Supervisor

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


For Payroll Supervisors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Payroll Supervisors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,963

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

For Payroll Supervisors, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Payroll Supervisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Payroll Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Supervisor Salaries

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 16%

SAP Payroll
up arrow 9%



Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Human Resources
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$56,000

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 205 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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