Payroll Supervisors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Payroll Supervisors. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $75K per year, but expected earnings average $58K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Payroll Supervisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Payroll Supervisors are female.

$44,255 - $75,231
(Median)
$44K
$58K
$75K
MEDIAN: $58,303
10%
50%
90%

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$15.30 - $30.00
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,255 - $75,231  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $7,059  
Profit Sharing
$4,595  
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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$41,142 - $75,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $30.00  
   
Overtime
$25.51 - $44.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,015 - $7,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,595  
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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$41,142 - $75,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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Payroll Supervisors do not often transition into Payroll Director roles. The role averages $87K per year. A Payroll Manager role is the most common promotion for Payroll Supervisors moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $56K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Payroll Supervisors is a Human Resources Manager position, where earnings are usually $59K.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Payroll Supervisors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $55K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $52K. On average, Payroll Supervisors make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,198

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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Payroll Supervisors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent), New York (+20 percent), Irvine (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Payroll Supervisors in San Antonio make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Chicago (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Payroll Supervisor Reviews

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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Experience Affects Payroll Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Payroll Supervisor Salaries

ADP Time and Attendance System
up arrow 14%

SAP Payroll
up arrow 7%


ADP Payroll System
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Benefits & Compensation
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%


Human Resources
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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