Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk Salary

Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.95 per hour. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,913 - $53,286
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,933
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$10.85 - $18.53
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,913 - $53,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,247  
Total Pay (?
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$22,978 - $45,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $18.53  
   
Overtime
$14.25 - $29.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,247  
   
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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$22,978 - $45,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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Job Description for Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk

  • 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 or Timekeeping Clerk


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There are some Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Payroll Supervisors, where earnings are an average $50K annually. Payroll Administrators or Payroll Specialists are common next-step roles for Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Payroll Administrators is $8K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Payroll Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk


Survey takers who work as Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk Salaries

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 22%
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