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Working As A Payroll Manager

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $127,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Manager Do

Compensation managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.

Duties

Compensation and benefits managers typically do the following:

  • Set the organization’s pay structure and benefits offerings
  • Determine competitive wage rates and develop or modify compensation plans
  • Evaluate employee benefits policies to assess whether they are current, competitive, and legal
  • Choose and manage outside partners, such as benefits vendors, insurance brokers, and investment managers 
  • Coordinate and supervise the work activities of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee the distribution of pay and benefits information to the organization’s employees
  • Ensure that pay and benefits plans comply with federal and state regulations
  • Prepare a program budget and keep operations within budget

Although some managers administer both the compensation and benefits programs in an organization, other managers—particularly at large organizations—often specialize and oversee one or the other. All managers, however, routinely meet with senior staff, managers of other human resources departments, and the financial officers of their organization. They provide expertise and make recommendations on compensation and benefits policies, programs, and plans.

In addition to their administrative responsibilities, compensation and benefits managers also have technical and analytical duties. For example, they may perform complex data analysis to determine the best pay and benefits plans for an organization. They may also monitor trends affecting pay and benefits and assess how their organization can improve its practices or policies. Using a variety of analytical, database, and presentation software, managers draw conclusions, present their findings, and make recommendations to other managers in the organization.

Compensation managers are responsible for managing an organization’s pay structure. They monitor market conditions and government regulations to ensure their pay rates are current and competitive. They analyze data on wages and salaries, and they evaluate how their organization’s pay structure compares with that of other companies. Compensation managers use this information to maintain or develop pay scales for an organization.

Some also design pay-for-performance plans, which include guidelines for bonuses and incentive pay. They also may help determine commission rates and other incentives for sales staff.

Benefits managers administer a company’s employee benefits program, which includes retirement plans, leave policies, wellness programs, and insurance policies such as health, life, and disability. They select benefits vendors and manage enrollment, renewal, and delivery of benefits to the organization’s employees. They must frequently monitor government regulations and market trends to ensure that their programs are current, competitive, and legal.

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How To Become A Payroll Manager

Candidates need a combination of education and related work experience to become a compensation and benefits manager.

Education

Compensation and benefits managers need at least a bachelor’s degree for most positions, and some jobs require a master’s degree. Because not all undergraduate programs offer a degree in human resources, managers often have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, business management, finance, or a related field.

Some employers prefer to hire managers who have a master’s degree, particularly one with a concentration in human resources management, finance, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is essential for compensation and benefits managers. Managers often specialize in either compensation or benefits, depending on the type of experience they gain in previous jobs. For example, compensation and benefits managers often start out as compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists. Work experience in other human resource fields, finance, or management is also helpful for getting a job as a compensation and benefits manager.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although compensation and benefits managers are not legally required to be certified, certification can show expertise and credibility. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Certification programs for management positions often require several years of related work experience to qualify for the certifying exam. Many professional associations for human resources workers offer certifications. Some associations, including the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and WorldatWork, offer certification programs that specialize in compensation and benefits. Others, including the HR Certification Institute, offer general human resources credentials.  

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Compensation and benefits managers must analyze data on salaries and the cost of benefits, and assess and devise programs that best fit an organization and its employees.

Business acumen. Compensation and benefits managers must manage a budget, build a case for their recommendations, and understand how compensation and benefits plans affect the company’s finances.

Communication skills. Compensation and benefits managers must direct staff, give presentations, and work with colleagues. For example, they may present the advantages of a certain pay scale to management and address any concerns.

Decisionmaking skills. Compensation and benefits managers must weigh the strengths and weaknesses of different pay structures and benefits plans and choose the best options for an organization. 

Leadership skills. Compensation and benefits managers must coordinate the work activities of their staff and properly administer compensation and benefits programs, ensuring work is completed accurately and on schedule.

Writing skills. Compensation and benefits managers must prepare clearly written informational materials on compensation and benefits plans for an organization’s employees. They must also clearly convey recommendations in written reports.

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Payroll Manager Career Paths

Payroll Manager
Bookkeeper Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Compensation Consultant
Compensation Director
13 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Accounting Manager
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Controller Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Hris Manager Human Resources Consultant
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Senior Accountant
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Human Resource Specialist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Payroll Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

77.6%

Male

20.7%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

80.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.1%

French

9.0%

Portuguese

5.5%

Mandarin

2.8%

German

2.8%

Italian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Indonesian

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Persian

1.4%

Telugu

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Malay

0.7%

Russian

0.7%
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Payroll Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.5%

Strayer University

9.5%

Northeastern University

7.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

DePaul University

3.3%

Florida International University

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

New York University

3.1%

Baker College

3.1%

Texas State University

2.8%

University of Utah

2.8%

Bergen Community College

2.8%

Villanova University

2.6%

Kean University

2.3%

Pennsylvania State University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

34.5%

Accounting

31.1%

Human Resources Management

6.6%

Finance

4.1%

Management

3.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

General Studies

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Communication

1.3%

Economics

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Nursing

1.1%

English

1.0%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Political Science

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

27.4%

Masters

13.8%

Associate

13.1%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Payroll Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
National Tax-Performance & Rewards(P&R)-Payroll Advisory Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP McLean, VA Mar 20, 2015 $145,000
Payroll Manager Mosser Companies San Francisco, CA Apr 21, 2016 $142,043
Payroll Manager Rolls-Royce North America Indianapolis, IN Oct 01, 2011 $110,313
Manager, Payroll & Time Solution EPI-Use Labs, LLC Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2012 $103,200
Senior Talent Manager/Payroll Manager Northgatearinso, Inc. Frisco, TX Aug 22, 2014 $97,822 -
$120,000
Payroll Manager Mosser Companies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $87,838
SAP Time & Payroll Manager The AES Corporation Arlington, VA Sep 01, 2010 $85,500 -
$128,300
Billing/Payroll Manager Act Home Health Service Philadelphia, PA Dec 02, 2010 $69,555
Payroll Manager Mosser Companies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 31, 2014 $63,835
Accounting/Payroll Manager Strive Preparatory Schools Denver, CO Sep 09, 2015 $51,000
Accounting/Payroll Manager Strive Preparatory Schools Denver, CO Apr 07, 2015 $51,000
Payroll Manager INEK Technologies LLC Overland Park, KS Mar 01, 2011 $45,000
Payroll Manager INEK Technologies LLC Overland Park, KS Oct 01, 2010 $45,000
Corporate Payroll Manager Vida Y Estilo Corp Miami Beach, FL Sep 15, 2010 $44,544
Payroll Manager Internet Brands, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jun 10, 2011 $43,410 -
$57,387
Mid-Atlantic Payroll Manager CRS Facility Services MBE, LLC King of Prussia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $43,138

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Top Skills for A Payroll Manager

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Top Payroll Manager Skills

  1. ADP Pcpw
  2. Process Payroll
  3. Payroll System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project leader for payroll upgrades from Ceridian DOS to ADP PCPW for Windows.
  • Maintain HR database and process payroll for five separate entities using ADP Workforce Now and Enterprise eTime.
  • Direct the implementation of Walker payroll systems and standards at newly acquired or managed projects (Facilities).
  • Completed monthly and quarterly tax reports for Multi-state payroll.
  • Validated payroll general ledger entries and reconciled payroll general ledger accounts as required.

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