Average Payroll Specialist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly rate for a Payroll Specialist is $19.45 per hour. Hourly rates range between $14.83 - $25.58 per hour.
MEDIAN $19.45
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $26
$483 - $5,104
Profit Sharing
$308 - $5,463
$197 - $16,240
Total Pay
$32,336 - $60,086

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Job Description for Payroll Specialist

Job Satisfaction for Payroll Specialist

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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 SBS where the average pay is $22.90. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and The Ultimate Software group, Inc, earning around $22.06 and $20.95, respectively. Paychex, Inc. pays the lowest at around $16.11. Parallon Business Solutions and YMCA also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.12 and $17.33, respectively.

Career Paths

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Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Supervisor
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Payroll Specialist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Specialist

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 $16.60 based on 196 salaries. An early career Payroll Specialist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.06 based on 2,298 salaries. A mid-career Payroll Specialist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.98 based on 1,416 salaries. An experienced Payroll Specialist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.93 based on 1,893 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 29.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (17.8% more) and Houston, Texas (13.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (0.5% less).

Years of Experience

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