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Become A Payroll Administrator

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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

A Payroll Administrator is responsible for the preparation and processing of payroll. They check how many hours employees have worked, and calculate and issue pay by cash, check, or electronic transfer.

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.


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.


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.


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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Payroll Administrator Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Tagalog

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Dakota

  • Vietnamese

  • Hmong

  • Hungarian

  • Ukrainian

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Real Payroll Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Associate, International Payroll Coordinator Ares Operations LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 09, 2015 $85,000
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

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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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