Payroll Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Payroll Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.42 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Payroll Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,866 - $56,222
$31K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $43,063
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50%
90%

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$13.03 - $21.88
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.42
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,866 - $56,222  
   
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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$28,763 - $51,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $21.88  
   
Overtime
$19.28 - $38.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$28,763 - $51,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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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Payroll Technicians' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Payroll Specialist. Median pay for Payroll Specialists is $39K.

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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $37K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $37K. For Payroll Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $47K.

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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 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Mid-Career
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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