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Payroll Supervisor Salary

Payroll Supervisors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly three in five have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $73K per year, median earnings come to $55K per year. Overall cash earnings of Payroll Supervisors stretch from $39K near the bottom to $73K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. There are far more female Payroll Supervisors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. The majority of Payroll Supervisors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$40,501 - $72,545
(Median)
$41K
$55K
$73K
MEDIAN: $55,489
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50%
90%

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$14.13 - $28.84
(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
$40,501 - $72,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,994  
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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$38,509 - $73,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 832
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
$14.13 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$19.26 - $40.75  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,994  
   
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).
)
$38,509 - $73,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208

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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 $84K annually. Becoming a Payroll Manager or a Human Resources Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Payroll Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Survey takers working as Payroll Supervisors report using a large range of professional skills. 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. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Payroll Supervisors bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Payroll Supervisors, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Payroll Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Payroll Supervisors is geography, with workers in San Antonio earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Workers in Boston and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 percent less, 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 12%



Human Resources
up arrow 5%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$55,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 206 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
38%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%