Payroll Director Salary

With just under nine-tenths of Payroll Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $58K to $146K per year and averages out to $96K annually. In the world of Payroll Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $146K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Payroll Directors survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Payroll Directors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,750 - $137,172
$61K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $96,041
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90%

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$12.96 - $33.26
$13
$21
$33
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$0$146K
Salary $60,750 - $137,172
Bonus $1,000 - $29,277
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $13,906
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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$57,333 - $146,476
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 283
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $12.96 - $33.26
Overtime $30.94
Annual Data $0$146K
Bonus $1,000 - $29,277
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $13,906
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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$57,333 - $146,476
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

Job Description for Payroll Director

The payroll director oversees payroll, payroll accounting, and payroll tax for their company. The payroll director may oversee other payroll employees and be entrusted with hiring duties. Additionally, the payroll manager may perform external and internal audits related to payroll, making sure that the payroll department is adhering to company and legal standards. They may help automate payroll processes, upgrade payroll software, and correct any payroll problems as well. Problem solving is an important skill in this position, as the payroll director helps evaluate and improve payroll processes as needed. When employees have issues with the payroll administration, the payroll director should be able to determine reasons for the problem, correct any related mistakes, and ensure that they do not reoccur.

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Payroll Director Tasks

  • Ensure payroll tax payments are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local tax laws.
  • Reconcile payroll related general ledger accounts.
  • Manage the overall corporate payroll functions including, payroll processing, payroll taxes, reviewing and revising policies and procedures, as well as internal controls, system review and upgrade.
  • Maintain necessary vendor relationships and compliance.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Director


Survey results show that Payroll Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Operations Management. Most people skilled in Payroll Administration are similarly competent in ADP Payroll System and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 19 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Payroll Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 136 salaries. A Payroll Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,943

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

For those looking to make money, Payroll Directors in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Payroll Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+38 percent), Nashville (+21 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and New York (+18 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Payroll Director

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
46%

Experience Affects Payroll Director Salaries

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$98,000

▼16%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Payroll Director Salaries



▲6%


National Average
$98,000

Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼15%

Operations Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 13%