Payroll Administrator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$48,000
$37,000
$48,000
$63,000
Payroll administrators in the United States make an average salary of $48,466 per year or $23.3 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. If you like following the crowd, professional and health care companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out health care, technology, and manufacturing companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Rhode Island, Connecticut, California, and New Hampshire provide the highest payroll administrator salaries.
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$55,050
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Map of Payroll Administrator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Payroll Administrators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Payroll Administrator Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Alaska, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for payroll administrators. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Average Payroll Administrator Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a payroll administrator, working for Resource management or Bain & Company might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Zebra Technologies and Haemonetics report highly competitive salaries for payroll administrators.

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Average Payroll Administrator Pay By Industry

Payroll administrator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with health care, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a payroll administrator can make a yearly salary of $52,864 while working for health care companies. All the while, other payroll administrators are making $51,277 at technology companies and $50,333 at manufacturing companies. One industry payroll administrators may want to avoid is the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $45,043.

Industry
Average Salary
Health Care
Health Care
$52,864
$53k
Technology
Technology
$51,277
$51k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$50,333
$50k
Retail
Retail
$47,935
$48k
Construction
Construction
$46,715
$47k
Professional
Professional
$46,493
$46k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$45,043
$45k

Payroll Administrator Salary History

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Payroll Administrator Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a payroll administrator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Payroll Administrator Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Administrator
07/28/2020
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$50,000
$50,000
07/28/2020
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Administrator
07/25/2020
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$45,914
$45,914
07/25/2020
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$29,740
$29,740
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Municipality of Anchorage
Municipality of Anchorage
Payroll Coordinator (Administrative Coordinator)-Range 13/Non
Payroll Coordinator (Administrative Coordinator)-Range 13/Non
Payroll Coordinator (Administrative Coordinator)-Range 13/Non
07/23/2020
07/23/2020
$53,747
$53,747
07/23/2020
Payroll Coordinator
Payroll Coordinator
07/20/2020
07/20/2020
$52,175
$52,175
07/20/2020
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Administrator
07/17/2020
07/17/2020
$45,914
$45,914
07/17/2020
SR. Payroll Accountant
SR. Payroll Accountant
07/15/2020
07/15/2020
$65,000
$65,000
07/15/2020
Associate Payroll Accountant
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07/14/2020
07/14/2020
$58,436
$58,436
07/14/2020
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Administrator
07/14/2020
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$41,636
$41,636
07/14/2020
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Administrator
07/12/2020
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$36,335
$36,335
07/12/2020