Payroll Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.29 per hour for pay. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,446 - $55,178
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$31K
$43K
$55K
MEDIAN: $42,970
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$12.76 - $21.79
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$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,446 - $55,178  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$27,957 - $51,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $21.79  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $38.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$27,957 - $51,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Technician


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Many Payroll Technicians move into a Payroll Specialist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Payroll Specialists on average bring in a similar salary to Payroll Technicians.

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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $36K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $37K on average. On average, Payroll Technicians make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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