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Working As A Payroll Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $67,190

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Analyst Do At Lowe's

* Collects, analyzes, updates, and reconciles payroll data on a bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
* Assists in the performance of a variety of accounting duties in the preparation, processing, and maintenance of payroll and salary calculations so employees are paid accurately and on time.
* Researches and analyzes discrepancies and processes appropriate corrections.
* Ensures the accuracy of payroll earnings codes and maintains PeopleSoft tables as needed to ensure alignment and accuracy with general ledger.
* Assists in the processing of payroll interfaces such as direct deposit, general ledger, and others requiring timely and accurate processing.
* Coordinates and monitors posting payroll transactions to the general ledger.
* Ensures accurate testing and set up of testing codes to report to the GL.
* Supports the Functional Payroll Consultant, including research and processing of payroll adjustment entries, bi-weekly payroll processing, Sarbanes
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What Does A Payroll Analyst Do At Compass Group, North America

* Mentor Associates as needed with work order resolution reviewing activity log in work orders for detail and accuracy and coaching Associates when missing or inaccurate information is uncovered
* Perform real-time root cause analysis on consistent issues in order to identify gaps in existing solutions; make recommendations to Senior Analyst and Supervisor
* Assist in developing and implementing new preventive solutions
* Understand and suggest resolution to issues that arise with current and new business
* Strong working knowledge of all payroll applications (including SAP, MyCPM, MySTAFF, MyRequests and other applications) and based on interactions within those applications, able to recommend and implement improvements/enhancements
* Implement planned, intentional process reviews, document current processes/procedures, automate manual work and eliminate unnecessary/outdated/redundant processes
* Understand payroll policies and procedures, apply consistent application and interpretation of them
* Find opportunities to reduce work volumes, improve accuracy across applications
* Assist with audit review and work with other payroll teams to modify and improve existing audits as well as creating new audits
* Perform designated backup responsibility for various projects and tasks as needed
* Prepare planned trainings for weekly Operations meetings

What Does A Payroll Analyst Do At Siemens

* This position is responsible for the review, analysis and validation of payroll for the multiple Siemens Operating Companies.
* Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
* Analysis and validation of payroll processing results using technology - reports and macros
* Perform audits of data prior to payroll completion and follow all established controls
* Complete post payroll audits and reporting, prepare metrics and track errors
* Root cause analysis and constructive and preventative actions using CAPA-s
* Over-payments calculations and collection
* Assist with complex payroll specific transactions
* Compile, analyze and provide data to support internal and external audits
* Apply documented rules, past practices, or instructions on an independent level
* Develop and ensure internal controls and processes are being followed
* Effectively identify problems as they occur and take appropriate steps to resolve
* Assist in the review of current payroll processes to identify areas of process improvements and standardization
* Ability to troubleshoot payroll processing issues, run and analyze reports
* Support transitions in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
* Respond to complex payroll related inquiries from customers or employees
* Communicate effectively with various levels of management to ensure high level of customer support and positive customer interactions.
* Work in a team environment coordinating with other team members in the processing of payroll
* Maintain compliance with all payroll related regulatory and Siemens requirements including effective internal controls

What Does A Payroll Analyst Do At Kelly Services

* Supervise Center of Excellence team, direct staff and work flow.
* Perform performance appraisals, hire and train personnel.
* Subject matter expert for Peoplesoft Payroll System.
* Participate in testing and implementing process improvements.
* Responsible for documenting controls and work instructions for team.
* Escalate to leadership where appropriate.
* Operate PeopleSoft system to update master files, produce payroll checks and print audit reports.
* Responsible for processing Service Bonus, nonstandard PTO Plans, PR & KES bonus plans
* Process key audit reports for researching, resolving and making adjustments
* Updates and sends out leadership reporting on critical cases, overpayments, compensation cards, direct bill expenses, and chargebacks.
* Service as subject matter expert for questions and research issues from branches and customers relating to Temporary Payroll.
* Updates and sends out leadership reporting on critical cases, adjustments, overpayments, compensation cards, direct bill expenses, and chargebacks (often serves as the first point of visibility when the Payroll Center may have an issue

What Does A Payroll Analyst Do At General Motors

* Ensure timely and accurate payrolls are preparedand delivered
* Ensure payroll is compliant with Federal andState regulations
* Assist in managing 3rdpartycontracts
* Maintain a cohesive work relationship betweenmultiple 3rdparty vendors
* Initiate and ensure accurate and timely systemimplementation of payroll process changes
* Network and collaborate with colleagues,third parties, and other GM departments to achieve desired business results
* Keep up-to-date on technical aspects of payrollprocesses to identify and anticipate impacts on systems and processes
* Proactively identify process improvementopportunities and lead change
* Extract, verify, analyze and present data formanagement decision making
* Provide internal and/or external financialanalysis and decision support
* Ensure compliance with internal controlsrequirements
* Lead and/or assist with special projects andglobal initiatives as required

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How To Become A Payroll Analyst

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  


Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.


Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Payroll Analyst Career Paths

Payroll Analyst
Payroll Manager Payroll Administrator Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Office Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Tax Accountant Senior Accountant Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Payroll Administrator Senior Accountant
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Benefit Specialist Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Payroll Specialist Payroll Supervisor Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Payroll Specialist Payroll Manager Controller
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Tax Accountant Accountant Treasury Analyst
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Payroll Analyst Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • German

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Dakota

  • Dutch

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Latvian

  • Kazakh

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Real Payroll Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Lead Payroll Analyst Nbcuniversal Media, LLC CA Sep 07, 2015 $150,000
Payroll Aplication Analyst III Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 24, 2016 $136,942
Payroll Hrms Analyst Rosendin Electric Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2014 $114,421 -
SAP Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL Jul 21, 2016 $105,500 -
SAP Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL Jun 21, 2015 $100,000 -
SAP Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL Apr 07, 2014 $92,000 -
SAP Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL Apr 16, 2014 $92,000 -
SR. Oracle Payroll Analyst Regal Beloit Corporation Beloit, WI Jul 15, 2009 $90,000 -
IM SAP Payroll Analyst Kiewit Corporation Omaha, NE Sep 15, 2016 $87,360 -
Hris & Payroll Analyst Pro Unlimited, Inc. Tucson, AZ Dec 30, 2013 $85,280
SAP Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL May 13, 2013 $85,000 -
Peoplesoft Payroll Analyst Erp Analysts, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 15, 2016 $80,000
SAP Lead Payroll Analyst Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Freeport, IL Aug 12, 2015 $80,000 -
SAP HCM Payroll Analyst Schrill Technologies Inc. Mason, MI Sep 13, 2014 $80,000
Peoplesoft Payroll Analyst Best It Experts, Inc. Tacoma, WA Jul 01, 2013 $71,906
Analyst Payroll Jetblue Airways Islandia, NY Oct 29, 2016 $71,240
Peoplesoft Technical Hcm/Payroll Analyst Erp Analysts, Inc. Melville, NY Jul 10, 2015 $68,598

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Top Payroll Analyst Skills

  1. ADP Pcpw
  2. Process Payroll
  3. Payroll Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test and implement new upload interface files from Workday HR System, into the ADP PCPW Payroll system.
  • Process payroll for 1000+ employees using People Soft Payroll System (8).
  • Create and put in place new payroll procedures and policies to improve workforce efficiency and production of the payroll department.
  • Manage relationship with internal and external auditors.
  • Pioneered use of new payroll system for entire Canadian division.

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