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Working As A Payroll Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $51,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Administrator Do

Financial clerks do administrative work for many types of organizations. They keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Duties

Financial clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep and update financial records
  • Compute bills and charges
  • Offer customer assistance
  • Carry out financial transactions

Financial clerks give administrative and clerical support in financial settings. Their specific job duties vary by specialty and by setting.

Billing and posting clerks calculate charges, develop bills, and prepare them to be mailed to customers. They review documents such as purchase orders, sales tickets, charge slips, and hospital records to compute fees or charges due. They also contact customers to get or give account information.

Gaming cage workers work in casinos and other gaming establishments. The “cage” in which they work is the central depository for money and gaming chips. Gaming cage workers sell gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to patrons. They count funds and reconcile daily summaries of transactions in order to balance books.

Payroll and timekeeping clerks compile and post employee time and payroll data. They verify and record attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments. They ensure that employees are paid on time and that their paychecks are accurate.

Procurement clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle questions about orders. They respond to questions from customers and suppliers about the status of orders. They handle requests to change or cancel orders. They make sure that purchases arrive on schedule and that the items meet the purchaser’s specifications.

Brokerage clerks help with tasks associated with securities such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and other kinds of investments. Their duties include writing orders for stock purchases and sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks review the credit history, and get the information needed to determine the creditworthiness, of individuals or businesses applying for credit. Credit authorizers evaluate customers’ computerized credit records and payment histories to decide, based on predetermined standards, whether to approve new credit. Credit checkers call or write credit departments of business and service establishments to get information about applicants’ credit standing.

Loan interviewers, also called loan processors or loan clerks, interview applicants and others to get and verify personal and financial information needed to complete loan applications. They also prepare the documents that go to the appraiser and are issued at the closing of a loan.

New accounts clerks interview people who want to open accounts in financial institutions. They explain the account services available to prospective customers and help them fill out applications. They also investigate and correct errors in accounts.

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks process applications for insurance policies. They also handle customers’ requests to change or cancel their existing policies. Their duties include interviewing clients and reviewing insurance applications to ensure that all questions have been answered. They also notify insurance agents and accounting departments of policy cancellations or changes.

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How To Become A Payroll Administrator

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for most financial clerk jobs. These workers usually learn their duties through on-the-job training.

Education

Financial clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. Employers of brokerage clerks may prefer candidates who have taken some college courses in business or economics and, in some cases, require a 2- or 4-year college degree.

Training

Most financial clerks learn how to do their job duties through on-the-job training. Some formal technical training also may be necessary; for example, gaming cage workers may need training in specific gaming regulations and procedures.

Advancement

Financial clerks can advance to related occupations in finance. For example, a loan interviewer or clerk can become a loan officer, and a brokerage clerk can become a securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent, after obtaining the required education and license.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Financial clerks should have good communication skills so that they can explain policies and procedures to colleagues and customers.

Math skills. The job duties of financial clerks, including calculating charges and checking credit scores, require basic math skills.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for financial clerks because they must be able to find files quickly and efficiently.

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Payroll Administrator Career Paths

Payroll Administrator
Human Resources Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Specialist Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Account Manager Billing Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Generalist Benefits Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager Business Manager
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Human Resources Coordinator Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Phlebotomist Collections Specialist
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Account Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruiter Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Manager 4.6 years
Payroll Supervisor 4.5 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 3.8 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Technician 3.5 years
Payroll Secretary 3.3 years
Payroll Clerk 3.2 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Auditor 3.0 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Processor 2.7 years
Payroll Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 4.0%
Bookkeeper 3.3%
Top Employers After
Accountant 4.4%
Bookkeeper 2.9%

Payroll Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

82.8%

Male

15.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.1%

French

6.3%

Italian

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Chinese

2.5%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

German

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Tagalog

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Polish

1.0%

Dakota

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Hungarian

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%
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Payroll Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

33.6%

Strayer University

8.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Ashford University

4.0%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Houston

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

Grand Canyon University

2.8%

Houston Community College

2.7%

Capella University

2.6%

Davenport University

2.5%

Webster University

2.5%

Temple University

2.2%

College of DuPage

2.2%

San Francisco State University

2.1%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Accounting

31.5%

Human Resources Management

7.4%

Finance

3.5%

Management

3.2%

Psychology

2.5%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Computer Science

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Marketing

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Political Science

1.0%

Nursing

1.0%

Medical Assisting Services

1.0%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Economics

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

26.7%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Payroll Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Payroll Accountant Seibon International Inc. Industry, CA Jan 08, 2016 $60,000
Payroll Administrator California Western School of Law San Diego, CA Sep 27, 2012 $55,400
Payroll Administrator California Western School of Law San Diego, CA Sep 27, 2009 $54,000
Payroll Administrator Ambrose Employer Group, LLC New York, NY Jan 18, 2010 $52,000
Payroll Administrator Community Action Program for Central Arkansas Conway, AR Dec 09, 2010 $27,075

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Top Skills for A Payroll Administrator

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Top Payroll Administrator Skills

  1. ADP Payroll
  2. Process Payroll
  3. Payroll System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed payroll data through the ADP payroll system and ensured appropriate calculation of terminal leave.
  • Process payroll for 350 employees using ADP system.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Implement new earnings, deductions codes and map them to the correlating general ledger accounts.
  • Reconciled payroll journal entries using Excel.

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