Payroll Associate Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$37,000
$28,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Abbott
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Average Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a payroll associate make?
The national average salary for a Payroll Associate in the United States is $37,165 per year or $17.87 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 19,000. The top 10 percent earn over $47,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $28,000 annually. Most Payroll Associate jobs are in Technology companies and Professional companies. Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are some of the states with the best Payroll Associate salaries in the US. The typical tenure for a Payroll Associate is 3.0 years.
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Average Payroll Associate Salary By Location

As a Payroll Associate in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $37,165 per year or $17.87 per hour. San Francisco, CA reports the highest annual salary for Payroll Associates at 45,120. Even an entry-level Payroll Associate makes $31,000 per year in San Francisco, CA. Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are the states with the highest payscale for Payroll Associates. Illinois, Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Payroll Associate Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Payroll Associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Payroll Associate Salary By Company

If you are a Payroll Associate, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Payroll Associates are in Technology companies and Professional companies. Companies like Abbott or Northern Trust will get you the highest pay packages. Companies like Huron Consulting Group and Lockheed Martin also pay high salaries to their Payroll Associates.

Average Payroll Associate Pay By Industry

Wages for Payroll Associates can differ based on the industry they work in. Our data shows that Construction companies, Health Care companies, and Retail companies tend to have the highest salaries for Payroll Associates. Construction companies pay Payroll Associates an average salary of $44,032, Health Care companies pay $38,602, and Retail companys come in at $37,367. At $35,922, the average salary for Payroll Associates in the Hospitality industry is lower than other industries.
Industry
Average Salary
Construction
Construction
$44,032
$44k
Health Care
Health Care
$38,602
$39k
Retail
Retail
$37,367
$37k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$37,189
$37k
Professional
Professional
$36,263
$36k
Finance
Finance
$36,176
$36k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$35,922
$36k

Payroll Associate Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Payroll Associate Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Payroll Associate can range from $31,403 to $41,768 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
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$45,000
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$56,083
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$56,349
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$36,752
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$39,131
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$42,000
Marquette University
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$42,804
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$40,000
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$41,740
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