Most Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $15.31 per hour. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,158 - $49,954
(Median)
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $46,914
50%

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$12.42 - $21.50
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$46,915  
   
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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$26,388 - $53,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $21.50  
   
Overtime
$27.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$26,388 - $53,473  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Though some Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks move into positions like Payroll Manager (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. When Payroll or Timekeeping Clerks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Payroll Administrators or Payroll Specialists. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $6K, respectively.

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Experience Affects Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$33,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%


Skills That Affect Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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