"customer service," "data entry," and "payroll system" aren't the only skills we found payroll administrators list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of payroll administrator responsibilities that we found, including:
See the full list of payroll administrator skills.
We've found that 51.4% of payroll administrators have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 6.1% earned their master's degrees before becoming a payroll administrator. While it's true that most payroll administrators have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every six payroll administrators did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those payroll administrators who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or accounting degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for payroll administrators include human resources management degrees or finance degrees.
When you're ready to become a payroll administrator, you might wonder which companies hire payroll administrators. According to our research through payroll administrator resumes, payroll administrators are mostly hired by Robert Half, Paychex, and Accenture. Now is a good time to apply as Robert Half has 129 payroll administrators job openings, and there are 19 at Paychex and 16 at Accenture.
If you're interested in companies where payroll administrators make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Northern Trust, Databricks, and FT Partners. We found that at Northern Trust, the average payroll administrator salary is $72,345. Whereas at Databricks, payroll administrators earn roughly $70,720. And at FT Partners, they make an average salary of $68,141.
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We also looked into companies who hire payroll administrators from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Paychex, ADP, and Robert Half.
In general, payroll administrators fulfill roles in the non profits and professional industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the payroll administrator annual salary is the highest in the construction industry with $53,461 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the technology and manufacturing industries pay $52,116 and $49,845 respectively. This means that payroll administrators who are employed in the construction industry make 6.3% more than payroll administrators who work in the retail Industry.