$47,597
Avg. Salary
$19.16
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,682

Bonus

$1,776

Profit Sharing

$1,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Payroll Specialist is $19.16 per hour.

The average pay for a Payroll Specialist is $47,597 per year.

$14.62
10%
$19.16
50%
$25.28
90%
MEDIAN $19.16
$35k
10%
$48k
50%
$63k
90%
MEDIAN $47,597
$35,487 - $63,306
$35K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,597
10%
50%
90%

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$14.62 - $25.28
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.16
10%
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90%

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$0$63K
Salary $35,487 - $63,306
Bonus $395 - $5,101
Profit Sharing $487 - $5,174
Commission $200 - $18,175
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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$31,952 - $59,336
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,663
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.62 - $25.28
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $21.92 - $38.74
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $395 - $5,101
Commission $200 - $18,175
Profit Sharing $487 - $5,174
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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$31,952 - $59,336
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,121

Job Description for Payroll Specialist

Payroll specialists can be found in many industries from small businesses to large organizations. Job responsibilities often include payroll processing, maintaining personnel databases, and managing budgetary expenditures. Knowledge and experience with tax laws, union contracts, wage and hour laws, and common fiscal procedures are important. Most payroll specialists are expected to have a good understanding of budgetary operations. Payroll specialists report to a supervisor who oversees the department. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, may be required.

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Payroll Specialist Pay By Employer

$0$55K

Paychex, Inc.
51 profiles
$33,621

$44,517

YMCA
10 profiles
$34,703

ADP SBS
9 profiles
$36,150

$35,219

$48,048

$39,354

$33,399

CoAdvantage
2 profiles
$50,000

Common Career Paths for Payroll Specialist


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It's not very common for Payroll Specialists to move on to become Human Resources Managers. Average pay for a Human Resources Manager is $59K annually. Becoming a Payroll Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Payroll Specialists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $56K. Another frequent advance is for Payroll Specialists to assume a Payroll Administrator role; in this role, workers often earn $41K.

Payroll Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Payroll Specialist


Payroll Specialists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Automatic Data Processing Software Suite, ADP Time and Attendance System, ADP Payroll System, and Payroll Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry, Data Processing, and Accounts Payable. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,483 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,006 salaries. An experienced Payroll Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,120 salaries. A Payroll Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 482 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,382

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

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Payroll Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Cincinnati (5 percent lower).

Payroll Specialist Advice

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

Payroll Specialist in Orlando:
"More about payroll websites."
Take a lot of notes and try to network with people in similar positions.

Payroll Specialist in Tampa:
"Help good employees remain."
Work hard, study, follow instructions.

Payroll Specialist in Austin:
"For Love or Money?"
Pros: I enjoy successfully processing an accurate pay period because I care about every one of our employees and want them to not worry about compensation for their hard work.
Cons: Offering 100% of myself on a daily basis, and feeling like I am compensated for 75%. I least like that I cannot participate in PFP or some type of Bonus structure.

Payroll Specialist in Grand Forks:
"Hire nearly 120 per day at times."
Must be able to handle stress and deadlines.

Payroll Specialist in Parsippany:
Pros: Always something new to learn and do with each payroll cycle.
Cons: Tax fallouts and system errors can occur.

Payroll Specialist in Wilmington:
"Constantly Learn!"
Stay on your toes. Laws are constantly changing especially in the smaller municipalities.

Payroll Specialist in South Windsor:
Pros: PTO time, Manager, Cafeteria.
Cons: Upper Management, Not flexible.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Payroll Specialist

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1325 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Payroll Specialist Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Payroll Specialist Salaries





ADP
▲1%


National Average
$43,000


Microsoft Excel
▼3%


Accounting
▼3%

Microsoft Word
▼3%



▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1325 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 18%