Payroll Technician Salary

Most Payroll Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.50 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,026 - $55,445
$28K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $42,135
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$12.90 - $22.27
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MEDIAN: $17.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,026 - $55,445  
   
Bonus
$983  
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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$28,153 - $52,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $22.27  
   
Overtime
$18.89 - $39.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$983  
   
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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$28,153 - $52,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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

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

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

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 31 salaries. An experienced Payroll Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 32 salaries. A Payroll Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 12 salaries.

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Key Stats for Payroll Technician

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 13%
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