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Average Payroll Specialist Hourly Pay

$19.90
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,630
Bonus
$1,050
Commission
$1,741
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The average hourly pay for a Payroll Specialist is $19.90.
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$15.19
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$19.90
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$26.05
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $26
Bonus
$409 - $5,083
Profit Sharing
$550 - $5,292
Commission
$407 - $4,717
Total Pay
$33,168 - $61,240
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What Do Payroll Specialists Do?

Job Satisfaction for Payroll Specialist

4 out of 5
(1,223)
Highly Satisfied
74Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Payroll Specialist

The top respondents for the job title Payroll Specialist are from the companies Paychex, Inc., Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and ADP SBS. Reported salaries are highest at ADP National Accounts where the average pay is $22.95. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and ADP SBS, earning around $22.84 and $22.37, respectively. Paychex, Inc. pays the lowest at around $16.81. Parallon Business Solutions and The Salvation Army also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.15 and $18.88, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Payroll Specialists?

Skills in Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry and Microsoft Excel.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialists?

An entry-level Payroll Specialist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.02 based on 158 salaries. An early career Payroll Specialist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.47 based on 2,018 salaries. A mid-career Payroll Specialist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.47 based on 1,200 salaries. An experienced Payroll Specialist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.48 based on 1,569 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Employees with Payroll Specialist in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 27.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (19.2% more) and Houston, Texas (14.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (2.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,897 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.7%
Early Career
34.2%
Mid Career
20.3%
Experienced
26.6%
Late Career
16.1%