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Become A Payroll Specialist

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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

A Payroll Specialist is responsible for processing and managing the company’s payroll. They perform daily payroll department operations, reconcile payroll prior to transmission, and administer statements of payment to personnel either electronically or on paper.

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.


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.


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.


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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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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