Payroll Technician Salary

Pay for Payroll Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.15 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.37 per hour and $24.19. Job satisfaction for Payroll Technicians is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Payroll Technicians are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,334 - $50,919
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,403
10%
50%
90%

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$12.37 - $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
$28,334 - $50,919  
   
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 - $51,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $35.81  
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 - $51,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $35K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $37K. For Payroll Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Payroll Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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
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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