Payroll Technician Salary

Most Payroll Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.44 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.80 per hour and $24.31. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,752 - $50,654
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,113
10%
50%
90%

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$12.80 - $24.31
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,752 - $50,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
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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$27,337 - $51,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$15.23 - $34.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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).
)
$27,337 - $51,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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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Payroll Technicians who go on to become Payroll Specialists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Payroll Specialist, an upper-level role, pays $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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $38K on average. Payroll Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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