Payroll Technician Salary

Payroll Technicians in the United States take home an average $17.20 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.35 per hour and $24.22. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Payroll Technicians (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,378 - $50,865
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,234
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50%
90%

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$12.35 - $24.22
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,378 - $50,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
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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$26,991 - $51,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $24.22  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $35.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
   
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).
)
$26,991 - $51,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $34K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $45K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 17%
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