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Payroll Technician Salary

Median pay for Payroll Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.12 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.21 per hour on the lower end to $24.19 on the higher end. The vast majority of Payroll Technicians (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,201 - $50,543
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,234
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50%
90%

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$12.21 - $24.19
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,201 - $50,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
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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$26,898 - $51,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $35.81  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
   
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).
)
$26,898 - $51,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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Job Description for Payroll Technician

A payroll technician administers process payments for employees of a company. The payroll technician will work under supervision, but must also be able to carry out tasks independently. He/she must make sure that employee wages are processed in a timely manner, so the ability to adhere to time constraints is essential. Different employees may have different payment schedules, so the technician should be aware of this and also verify forms, such as timesheets, which have been submitted by various departments to process payment. Such forms must be audited and corrected in order to administer the correct pay to employees.

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Payroll Technician Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

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Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Technician

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


For Payroll Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $37K. Payroll Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching 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 $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 18%
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