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Working As A Payroll Clerk

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

  • Repetitive

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Clerk 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 Clerk

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 Clerk Career Paths

Payroll Clerk
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accountant
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Staff Accountant Accounts Payable Supervisor
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Staff Accountant Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Certified Public Accountant Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Consultant Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Senior Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Specialist Solution Specialist
Business Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Supervisor 4.7 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 4.2 years
Payroll Technician 3.7 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Auditor 3.6 years
Accounting Clerk 3.4 years
Benefits Clerk 3.2 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Processor 3.0 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Clerk 3.0 years
Finance Clerk 2.7 years
Payroll Assistant 2.5 years
Timekeeper 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Payroll Clerk
Cashier 7.3%
Bookkeeper 5.2%
Secretary 4.2%
Clerk 3.3%
Teller 2.3%
Manager 2.0%
Top Careers After Payroll Clerk
Cashier 6.2%
Bookkeeper 4.9%
Secretary 2.8%
Accountant 2.5%
Clerk 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$37,000
Show Salaries
$29,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lincoln Electric
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Payroll Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Payroll Clerk in the United States is $37,917 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

Real Payroll Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Incuv Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Apr 19, 2012 $47,778
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Fateh & Ayaan Inc. Riverdale, GA Aug 21, 2013 $43,800
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Sandhu Management & Investments, LLC Richmond, VA Dec 22, 2011 $41,080
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks R & S Drywall Ladson, SC Sep 24, 2008 $40,000
Payroll Clerk Ski Windham Operating Corp Windham, NY Dec 15, 2015 $39,653
Payroll Clerk Ski Windham Operating Corp NY Dec 15, 2013 $39,653
Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks Dora's Natural, Inc. South Hackensack, NJ Apr 09, 2010 $38,610
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Staten Island Aid for Retarded Children, Inc. New York, NY Dec 18, 2007 $36,000
Payroll Clerk Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 30, 2009 $35,484
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Covenant Methodist Seniors Services Chicago, IL Apr 09, 2013 $35,360
Payroll Clerk John C Cuevas, Inc. P.S Seattle, WA Oct 09, 2016 $34,436
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Munisha Inc. Santa Fe, TX Jan 15, 2010 $34,237
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks E.K. Perfume Center Houston, TX Feb 03, 2010 $34,237
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Havana Central Ny1, LLC New York, NY Jan 21, 2010 $33,392
Payroll Clerk Tri-Tip, Inc. Santa Clarita, CA Apr 02, 2008 $32,390
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks JMU Tax & Financial Annandale, VA Jan 31, 2012 $31,096
Payroll Clerk-Small Business Viswanath Palepu CPA PC Irving, TX Sep 15, 2015 $31,000 -
$33,000
Payroll Clerk-Small Business Viswanath Palepu CPA PC Irving, TX Sep 15, 2016 $31,000 -
$33,000

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Top Skills for A Payroll Clerk

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. Data Entry
  3. Personnel Files
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Proofread and typed federal, state and local income tax returns for over 100 grocery retailers in a three state area.
  • Performed data entry for factory payroll prior conversion to computerized timekeeping system.
  • Maintained Highly Confidential Health/Personal personnel files and administrative records.
  • Process Bi-weekly payroll using PeopleSoft and Genesis
  • Collected, summarized and accurately entered high volumes of timekeeping and payroll data for 3000+ associates using ADP HRIS system.

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Top 10 Best States for Payroll Clerks

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  4. Alaska
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Payroll Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

78.7%

Male

12.2%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.0%

Mandarin

3.7%

Chinese

3.2%

Cantonese

2.4%

French

2.0%

German

2.0%

Japanese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Russian

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Italian

0.7%

Armenian

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Arabic

0.5%

Romanian

0.2%
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Payroll Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

37.0%

Strayer University

7.7%

Kaplan University

6.0%

Ashford University

5.0%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

Houston Community College

3.9%

The Academy

3.4%

Liberty University

3.3%

Troy University

3.2%

A-Technical College

3.1%

San Antonio College

2.7%

Baker College

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.4%

Delgado Community College

2.4%

University of Memphis

2.3%

Community College of Philadelphia

2.2%

Davenport University

2.2%

San Joaquin Valley College

2.2%

Walden University

2.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.1%
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Majors

Business

32.4%

Accounting

27.6%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Psychology

2.8%

General Studies

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Legal Support Services

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Communication

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.0%

Bachelors

28.7%

Associate

20.4%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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