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Working As A Payroll Associate

  • 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 Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Payroll Associate
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Payroll Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accountant
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Human Resources Generalist Compensation Analyst
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Charge Bookkeeper Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Executive Assistant Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Administration Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Associate
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Paymaster 4.2 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 4.2 years
Payroll Technician 3.7 years
Payroll Officer 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 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Payroll Associate
Bookkeeper 3.7%
Cashier 3.1%
Accountant 2.5%
Top Careers After Payroll Associate
Accountant 3.3%

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Top Skills for A Payroll Associate

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. ADP
  3. Wage Garnishments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assembled personal, corporate & partnership income tax returns to be filed with IRS.
  • Assisted the Payroll Manager in updates in the ADP payroll system, address changes, garnishments, changes in dependents.
  • Calculate and reconcile disability forms and wage garnishments.
  • Prepared technical correspondence pertaining to the payroll and coordinated and interacted the payroll system pertaining to employee compensation and deductions.
  • Complete and process all manual checks, pension, workers compensation, w4, VOE and direct deposit forms for employees.

Payroll Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

76.3%

Male

15.1%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.4%

Greek

4.9%

Hindi

4.9%

Portuguese

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Filipino

2.4%

Macedonian

2.4%

French

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Serbian

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%
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Payroll Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.0%

Strayer University

6.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

New York University

3.8%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Monroe College

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Baker College

3.8%

Franklin University

3.0%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.0%

Los Angeles Southwest College

3.0%

The Academy

3.0%

Madison Area Technical College

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.0%
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Majors

Business

34.1%

Accounting

26.1%

Human Resources Management

6.1%

Finance

5.8%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Psychology

3.5%

General Studies

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Marketing

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Education

1.4%

English

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Medical Assisting Services

1.2%

Computer Science

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

Business Communications

1.0%

Sociology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Other

23.2%

Associate

20.3%

Masters

8.5%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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