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.

$26,467 - $50,551
$26K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,714
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50%
90%

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$11.79 - $20.57
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.56
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$0$50K
Salary $26,467 - $50,551
Bonus $207.02 - $4,898
Profit Sharing $1,750
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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$25,145 - $45,720
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 301
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.79 - $20.57
Overtime $15.55 - $31.25
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $207.02 - $4,898
Profit Sharing $1,750
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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$25,145 - $45,720
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,115

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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Clerk


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Popular Skills for Payroll Clerk

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Clerk

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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,868

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

Payroll Clerk Reviews

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

Payroll Clerk in Indianapolis:
"I hate it."
Pros: Benefits.
Cons: People I work with.

Payroll Clerk in Winchester:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Work for home. Flexible hours.
Cons: Stressful deadlines.

Payroll Clerk in Detroit:
"Focused."
Pros: Keeps my concentration level high.
Cons: Correcting other people's mistakes.

Payroll Clerk in Paso Robles:
"Good people to work with and we all are very busy."
Pros: Learning new skills. Staying on task.
Cons: Returning time sheets back to the men in the field to collect signatures. Sometimes we must wait three days or more to have the time sheet returned and entered into the P/R files.

Payroll Clerk in Denver:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: Helping fellow employees.
Cons: High Stress at deadline time.

Payroll Clerk in Baton Rouge:
Pros: Coworkers.
Cons: Pay, job growth.

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Key Stats for Payroll Clerk

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 277 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Payroll Clerk Salaries

▲8%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Payroll Clerk Salaries



▼0%

National Average
$34,000


Accounts Payable
▼2%


▼4%



▼4%


Tax Preparation
▼5%

Human Resources
▼6%

ADP Time and Attendance System
▼10%

Payroll
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 26%