Average Payroll Analyst Salary

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The average salary for a Payroll Analyst is $56,100.
MEDIAN $56,100
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$42k - $73k
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$1k - $8k
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$40k - $74k

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Job Description for Payroll Analyst

Payroll Analyst Tasks
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
The top respondents for the job title Payroll Analyst are from the companies The Home Depot Inc., Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District and Alaska Airlines, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Hot Topic, Inc. where the average pay is $64,156. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include AON Inc, earning around $54,356. Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District pays the lowest at around $42,729. The Home Depot Inc. also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $50,780.

Career Paths

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Payroll Analyst
Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
Payroll Administrator
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Payroll Analyst

Skills in Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Analyst

An entry-level Payroll Analyst with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $44,485 based on 35 salaries. An early career Payroll Analyst with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,840 based on 313 salaries. A mid-career Payroll Analyst with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,705 based on 239 salaries. An experienced Payroll Analyst with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,201 based on 334 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,075.
Employees with Payroll Analyst in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 17.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (3.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (1.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (4.8% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (1.3% less).

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