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Working As A Payroll Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Payroll Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Payroll Specialist
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Consultant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Benefits Analyst
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Consultant Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Administrator Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant Senior Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tax Specialist Tax Analyst Senior Accountant
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Officer Executive Assistant
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Department Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Compensation Analyst Senior Compensation Analyst
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Consultant Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Benefits Manager
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrator Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Benefits Analyst Human Resources Consultant Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Supervisor 4.7 years
Payroll Manager 4.7 years
Paymaster 4.2 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 4.2 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Technician 3.7 years
Payroll Auditor 3.6 years
Payroll Clerk 3.3 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Processor 3.0 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Specialist 3.0 years
Payroll Assistant 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Payroll Specialist
Cashier 3.6%
Bookkeeper 3.2%
Accountant 2.5%
Top Careers After Payroll Specialist
Bookkeeper 3.3%
Accountant 3.3%
Cashier 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
Show Salaries
$32,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lithia Motors
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Payroll Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Payroll Specialist in the United States is $41,384 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

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Top Skills for A Payroll Specialist

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. ADP
  3. Payroll Processing System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reconciled bank accounts, and prepared and submitted weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, including Federal Income Tax returns.
  • Played a key role in the implementation of paperless payroll processing via direct deposit and ADP VISA Cards.
  • Maintain knowledge of client's payroll processing system and changes in compliance laws to foster a trusted relationship with my clients.
  • Provided excellent customer service to employees and supervisors regarding resolution of discrepancies and timekeeping system.
  • Managed multiple scheduling and payroll processes to include information gathering, related calculations, and data entry into internal payroll systems.

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  4. Massachusetts
  5. District of Columbia
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Payroll Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

74.9%

Male

16.3%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.3%

French

2.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Hindi

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.1%

Russian

1.8%

German

1.8%

Arabic

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Italian

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Hmong

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%
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Payroll Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

35.6%

Strayer University

11.6%

Ashford University

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Liberty University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

Baker College

2.5%

Houston Community College

2.5%

University of Houston

2.5%

Davenport University

2.5%

Georgia State University

2.3%

Pennsylvania State University

2.2%

Portland Community College

2.1%

Webster University

2.1%

Grand Canyon University

2.0%

University of South Florida

2.0%

DePaul University

2.0%
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Majors

Business

33.8%

Accounting

27.6%

Human Resources Management

7.7%

Finance

3.3%

Psychology

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Management

3.0%

General Studies

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Communication

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Computer Science

1.3%

Medical Assisting Services

1.2%

Nursing

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

Legal Support Services

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

English

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Other

26.7%

Associate

18.2%

Masters

10.0%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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