Payroll Supervisor Salary

Payroll Supervisors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $57K annually, but may range from $40K to $74K per year. Total incomes of Payroll Supervisors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $74K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Payroll Supervisors (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Payroll Supervisors is high. 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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Though some Payroll Supervisors move into positions like Payroll Director (where the average salary is $86K), this progression is not the norm. Payroll Supervisors most often advance into Payroll Manager and Payroll & Benefits Manager positions even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Supervisor


Survey results imply that Payroll Supervisors deploy a deep pool of 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 experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and Accounting. Most people skilled in Payroll Administration are similarly competent in Accounting and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Supervisor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. Payroll Supervisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,963

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

For Payroll Supervisors, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. 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). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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
$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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