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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

  • $51,830

    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
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Specialist Staff Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President Business Manager
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Office Manager Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Benefit Specialist Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Accountant Accounting Coordinator Account Associate
Client Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Phlebotomist Collections Specialist
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Analyst Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Specialist Machine Operator
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Payroll Manager Human Resources Manager
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Bookkeeper 3.8 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Technician 3.5 years
Payroll Secretary 3.3 years
Payroll Clerk 3.2 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Auditor 3.0 years
Payroll Specialist 3.0 years
Payroll Processor 2.7 years
Payroll Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Bookkeeper 2.7%
Top Employers After
Accountant 3.4%
Bookkeeper 2.7%

Payroll Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

81.7%

Male

16.6%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.3%

Hindi

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Arabic

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.8%

French

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

German

1.8%

Italian

1.4%

Japanese

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Gujarati

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Sami

0.4%

Indonesian

0.4%
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Payroll Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

33.3%

Strayer University

9.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

Ashford University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.6%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

Liberty University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

California State University - East Bay

2.4%

University of Houston

2.4%

Temple University

2.3%

Houston Community College

2.3%

DePaul University

2.3%

Michigan State University

2.3%

University of Central Florida

2.2%

Pennsylvania State University

2.2%

Monroe Community College

2.2%

Northeastern University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Accounting

27.6%

Human Resources Management

8.0%

Finance

3.5%

Management

3.3%

Psychology

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

General Studies

2.3%

Education

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Legal Support Services

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Nursing

1.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.1%

Marketing

1.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.8%

English

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.2%

Other

28.3%

Associate

17.4%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Payroll Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Payroll Specialist Osram Sylvania Inc. Danvers, MA Jul 08, 2013 $120,000
Payroll Specialist Adesa, Inc. Carmel, IN Aug 11, 2013 $57,100
Payroll Specialist Tax Wise Financial Services Manassas Park, VA Apr 01, 2011 $48,963
Payroll Specialist Tax Wise Financial Services Inc. Manassas Park, VA Oct 01, 2011 $48,963
Payroll Specialist Host Healthcare, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 02, 2015 $43,827
Payroll Specialist HSS Group, Inc. Marietta, GA Feb 27, 2009 $40,000
Payroll Specialist John C Cuevas, Inc. P.S Seattle, WA Feb 01, 2012 $39,000
Payroll Specialist Dynalectric Company Dulles Town Center, VA Sep 20, 2013 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Payroll Specialist

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Top Payroll Specialist Skills

  1. ADP Workforce
  2. Payroll Processing System
  3. Multi-State Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support customer base and process payroll for approximately 1,000 employees using ADP Workforce Now.
  • Maintained knowledge of the payroll processing system and changes in wage and tax laws to develop a trusted relationship with clients.
  • Process multi-state payroll utilizing ADP PCPW version 4.5 biweekly (500 employees).
  • Perform specialized payroll functions such as customer service, auditing functions for data entry and accuracy for process improvements.
  • Implemented payroll and billing system conversion through intensive testing and detailed auditing.

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