Payroll Clerk Salary
The average wage for a Payroll Clerk is $15.38 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
|Salary||$26,467 - $50,551|
|Bonus||$207.02 - $4,898|
|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).)
|$25,145 - $45,720|
|Hourly Rate||$11.79 - $20.57|
|Overtime||$15.55 - $31.25|
|Bonus||$207.02 - $4,898|
|Total Pay (||$25,145 - $45,720|
Job Description for Payroll Clerk
Payroll clerks typically work within the accounting or human resources (HR) departments of organizations to ensure that employees are paid accurately and on-time. Small companies may require payroll clerks to collect and organize time cards, and they must then enter information related to employees' hours worked and pay periods into their company's computer.Read More...
Payroll clerks must check payroll data related to hourly wages, salaries, overtime, PTO hours (vacation days), and sick days for accuracy, as well as authorized signatures from managers or supervisors. Because most big employers use web-based payroll systems, computer skills are necessary for this position. For these systems, employees enter their own hours, vacation hours, etc. into a computer, and the payroll clerk then checks the accuracy of employees' computer inputs and ensures that electronic signatures from employees' supervisors have been entered to approve their hours. Payroll clerks also respond to employees' payroll-related inquiries via telephone or email, while in smaller companies they may do so in-person and make necessary adjustments to fix any errors or discrepancies.
Candidates for this position should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and payroll software and be able to prepare Excel spreadsheets. A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and an associate's degree can be beneficial. Aspiring payroll clerks must have a good understanding of payroll processes and strong knowledge of payroll-related requirements, such as federal and state tax withholding and 401k, and close attention to detail and organizational skills are also helpful. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Payroll Clerk 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.
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Pay by Experience for a Payroll Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 824 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 386 salaries. An experienced Payroll Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 355 salaries. A Payroll Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 150 salaries.
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