Average Payroll Director Salary

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The average salary for a Payroll Director is $96,851.
MEDIAN $96,851
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$62k - $138k
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$2k - $12k
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$60k - $151k

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Job Description for Payroll Director

Popular Employer Salaries for Payroll Director

The top respondents for the job title Payroll Director are from the companies Interval International, The College Board and Campbell Soup Company. Reported salaries are highest at Campbell Soup Company where the average pay is $152,459. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Telepacific Communications, earning around $130,000. Interval International pays the lowest at around $89,243. Premise Health also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $107,280.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Payroll Director. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Payroll Director
Payroll Specialist
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Payroll Director Job Listings

Popular Skills for Payroll Director

Skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, ADP Payroll System, Accounting and Human Resources Information System (HRIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Director

An early career Payroll Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $76,424 based on 45 salaries. A mid-career Payroll Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,204 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Payroll Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,337 based on 270 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $103,968.
Employees with Payroll Director in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 27.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (27.4% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (20.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (6.1% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (0.5% less).

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