Payroll Assistant Salary

Payroll Assistants in the United States take home approximately $15.33 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Payroll Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Payroll Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,061 - $52,853
$27K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,253
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50%
90%

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$11.05 - $20.56
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.37
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$0$52K
Salary $27,061 - $52,853
Bonus $-0.50 - $6,851
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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$23,903 - $47,083
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 3 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 84
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.05 - $20.56
Overtime $15.04 - $30.54
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $-0.50 - $6,851
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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$23,903 - $47,083
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 3 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 240

Job Description for Payroll Assistant

A payroll assistant typically works either in the human resources or accounting department of a company. A person in this position assists with all aspects of payroll and related employee recordkeeping and storage. Much of a payroll assistant’s work involves data entry, and familiarity with basic computer programs is required, along with accuracy and attention to detail.

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Payroll Assistant Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Assistant


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Payroll Assistants who advance into the role of a Payroll Manager are fairly uncommon. Payroll Managers on average earn $56K per year. The most common next step for a Payroll Assistant is to become a Payroll Specialist or a Payroll Administrator. The former position pays an additional $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

Payroll Assistant Job Listings

Popular Skills for Payroll Assistant


Payroll Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks. Most people skilled in Data Entry are similarly competent in Microsoft Word and ADP Payroll System.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Payroll Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 63 salaries. A Payroll Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,814

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Payroll Assistants that is 44 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Payroll Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent) and Los Angeles (+5 percent).

Payroll Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Payroll Assistant?

Payroll Assistant in Seattle:
"Not A Bad Job If You're Working With The Right Clientele."
Pros: I work independently with a supportive and fun coworker. My boss trusts that I can get things done and leaves me be. My schedule is fairly flexible.
Cons: I work with a lot of people who are homeless and have addiction problems. Many of them have really bad tempers and at times I feel unsafe. We don't have any form of protection from these people. Our computers and software are woefully outdated and poorly maintained, which makes my work more difficult than it has to be.

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Key Stats for Payroll Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Payroll Assistant Salaries

▲18%

▲18%

▲16%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Payroll Assistant Salaries




Microsoft Office
▲4%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%



Quickbooks
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 26%