What does a Payroll Clerk do?

A payroll specialist is primarily responsible for processing payroll and maintaining the employee database regarding salary and pay. Other duties include managing the company budget and expense as well as cooperating with different departments to increase payroll service performance and improve upon the payroll system. Typical career advancements for payroll specialist include a managerial or supervisory role in the company.

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimal requirement for a payroll specialist, an associate's or bachelor's degree in business or accounting is preferred. Due to the nature of the position, a strong knowledge of tax and wage laws and common fiscal procedures is necessary along with excellent communication skills and computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office applications. Ideal candidates are physically able to sit in front of a computer every work day for long hours at a time.

  • Process payroll for employees in the organization
  • Maintain personnel database regarding salaries
  • Manage organization budget and expenses
  • Report to department supervisor regarding daily activities and issues
  • Work directly with clients to achieve organization goals as required
  • Address and resolve employee complaints relating to the payroll system
  • Work with company database programs to process payroll
  • Prepare reports to relevant departments about payroll, company budget and expense
  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in business or accounting preferred
  • Proven experience in a payroll position in a fast-paced environment required
  • Strong knowledge of tax and wage laws
  • Good understanding of the common fiscal procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer literacy including Microsoft Office applications
  • Exceptional multitasking and organizational skills
  • Able to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Physically able to work seated in front of a computer for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Payroll Clerk Salaries

Average Base Pay

$39,585 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $40K
$55K
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Payroll Clerk Career Path

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L2
Payroll Specialist
$47,195/yr
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Payroll Clerk Insights

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AccentCareAccentCare
Payroll Specialist
Sep 12, 2021

“I enjoyed my time with this company the people I worked with were great and the clients were great.”

HaysHays
Payroll Clerk
May 23, 2021

“The people are the best to work with and create such a fun working environment—amazing PTO and benefits.”

TundraTundra
Payroll Administrator
Aug 21, 2019

“If you are a new graduate or trying to start out your career this is a good place to start.”

CapitaCapita
Payroll Administrator
Oct 2, 2019

“I do have a fair amount of criticisms but I enjoyed my time there despite the stress and it’s a good introduction to HR/payroll.”

Supplemental Health CareSupplemental Health Care
Payroll Specialist
Oct 4, 2021

“Today was my first day at Supplemental Health Care and everyone was so helpful getting me started on my first day.”

Children's AidChildren's Aid
Payroll Specialist
Aug 1, 2019

“Team was really good and understanding”

Webtel ElectrosoftWebtel Electrosoft
Payroll Executive
Aug 23, 2019

“Healthy and friendly environment among teammates is the best part .”

Delta Managed SolutionsDelta Managed Solutions
Payroll Administrator
Aug 20, 2020

“The payroll team is efficient and amazing to work with.”

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