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Payroll Technician Salary

Payroll Technicians in the United States take home approximately $17.01 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $12.21 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $24.19. The vast majority (88 percent) of Payroll Technicians who took the survey are female. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Payroll Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,201 - $50,543
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,234
10%
50%
90%

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$12.21 - $24.19
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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$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: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $35.94  
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: 16 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Payroll Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $37K. On average, Payroll Technicians make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 17%
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