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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

  • $61,422

    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 Clerk Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Operations Manager Service Director
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Treasury Analyst Treasury Manager
Assistant Treasurer
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Client Services Manager Client Manager
Client Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Human Resources Generalist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Analyst Controller
Controller/Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Payroll Administrator Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Accountant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Bookkeeper Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Payroll Supervisor
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Staff Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Bookkeeper 3.8 years
Payroll Secretary 3.5 years
Payroll Officer 3.5 years
Payroll Technician 3.4 years
Payroll Auditor 3.3 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Clerk 3.1 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Processor 2.8 years
Payroll Assistant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 4.8%
Internship 3.9%
Bookkeeper 3.7%
Teller 3.3%
Secretary 2.1%
Top Employers After
Bookkeeper 3.3%
Accountant 3.2%
Cashier 3.1%
Internship 2.2%

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Payroll Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

82.0%

Male

15.8%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.7%

French

7.6%

Mandarin

4.8%

Chinese

4.1%

Portuguese

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.1%

German

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Arabic

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Payroll Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

Strayer University

6.9%

Liberty University

6.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of California - Davis

4.4%

Kaplan University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

University of Louisville

3.8%

Georgia Southern University

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.1%

Wayne State University

3.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

Bowling Green State University

3.1%

Montgomery College

3.1%

Webster University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

34.7%

Accounting

22.4%

Human Resources Management

5.3%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Finance

3.7%

Psychology

3.6%

Communication

3.1%

Management

2.9%

General Studies

2.6%

Education

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Nursing

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

English

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Economics

1.3%

Nursing Assistants

1.2%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Other

28.0%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

10.4%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Payroll Assistant

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  1. Payroll
  2. ADP
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared weekly and monthly payroll data and distribution information.
  • Transmitted payroll information after a thorough review of documentation was completed with the use of the ADP Payroll Processing System.
  • Maintained data entry requirements by following data program techniques and procedures.
  • Maintained payroll/personnel files and communicated with vendors regarding accounts payable and receivable.
  • Assisted in end of month closings to the general ledger, and produced financial statements.

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