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Working As A Payroll Assistant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Payroll Assistant
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Senior Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Administrator Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President
Administration Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Consultant Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Human Resources Generalist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Executive Assistant Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Operations Specialist Solution Specialist
Business Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Associate
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Bookkeeper 4.2 years
Payroll Secretary 3.8 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Technician 3.7 years
Payroll Auditor 3.6 years
Payroll Clerk 3.3 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Processor 3.0 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Assistant 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Payroll Assistant
Cashier 6.5%
Bookkeeper 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Secretary 2.0%
Assistant 1.9%
Top Careers After Payroll Assistant
Cashier 5.2%
Bookkeeper 3.2%
Accountant 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
Show Salaries
$33,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kroger
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Payroll Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Payroll Assistant in the United States is $42,953 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

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Top Skills for A Payroll Assistant

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. Data Entry
  3. ADP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted accountants with financial statement preparation: data entry from source documents, preparation of bank reconciliations, administrative support.
  • Assisted payroll supervisor with payroll processing for over 500 employees on a bi-weekly basis on ADP for Windows software.
  • Integrated new employee confidential information into payroll system.
  • Managed bi-weekly payroll cycles, maintained payroll integrity, managed relocation expenses and payroll discrepancies.
  • Maintain superior customer service with internal staff and management and external vendors and service providers.

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Top 10 Best States for Payroll Assistants

  1. Alaska
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Minnesota
  4. Rhode Island
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Washington
  7. California
  8. Oregon
  9. Connecticut
  10. Colorado
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Payroll Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

74.8%

Male

14.8%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.8%

French

7.0%

Chinese

4.5%

Mandarin

4.1%

Portuguese

2.9%

Russian

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

German

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Japanese

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.4%

Polish

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%
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Payroll Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.0%

Strayer University

8.4%

Kaplan University

6.4%

Ashford University

5.0%

University of California - Davis

4.5%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

Monroe College

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

Baker College

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

San Francisco State University

2.8%

Fordham University

2.8%

DePaul University

2.8%

University of New Mexico

2.8%

Prince George's Community College

2.8%

New York University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

32.9%

Accounting

24.0%

Human Resources Management

5.1%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Finance

3.6%

Psychology

3.5%

General Studies

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Political Science

1.3%

Computer Science

1.3%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.3%

English

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

27.1%

Associate

16.4%

Masters

9.8%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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