Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for payroll specialists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
- There are over 110,373 payroll specialists currently employed in the United States.
- 82.7% of all payroll specialists are women, while 17.3% are men.
- The average age of an employed payroll specialist is 48 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of payroll specialists is White (62.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (18.3%), Black or African American (11.1%) and Asian (5.5%).
- Payroll specialists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
- The technology industry is the highest-paying for payroll specialists.
- Washington, DC pays an annual average wage of $57,820, the highest in the US.
- In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
- 11% of all payroll specialists are LGBT.
- Wyoming is the best state for payroll specialists to live.
- Payroll specialists are 52% more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.
Payroll Specialist Statistics By Gender
82.7% of payroll specialists are women and 17.3% of payroll specialists are men.
- Female, 82.7%
- Male, 17.3%
Payroll Specialists By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Payroll Specialist
Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Payroll Specialist Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the payroll specialist position over time.
Payroll Specialist Gender By Year
Payroll Specialist Male to Female Ratio
We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, time recorder and recovery agent have the biggest difference in gender.
|Insurance Billing Clerk||5%||95%|
Payroll Specialist Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among payroll specialists is White, which makes up 62.2% of all payroll specialists. Comparatively, there are 18.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 62.2%
- Hispanic or Latino, 18.3%
- Black or African American, 11.1%
- Asian, 5.5%
- Unknown, 1.8%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.1%
Payroll Specialist Race
|Payroll Specialist Race||Percentages|
|Hispanic or Latino||18.3%|
|Black or African American||11.1%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.1%|
Payroll Specialist Race And Ethnicity Over Time
Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among payroll specialists.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Payroll Specialist Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Payroll Specialist Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$47,033|
|Hispanic or Latino||$44,892|
Payroll Specialist JOBS
Average Age of a Payroll Specialist
We determined the average age of payroll specialists based on ethnicity and gender.
Payroll Specialist Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||41||50|
|Hispanic or Latino||37.5||45|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||54|
Payroll Specialist Age Breakdown
This chart breaks down the ages of payroll specialist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of payroll specialists is 40+ years old, which represents 76% of the population.
Payroll Specialist Age
|Payroll Specialist Years||Percentages|
Types of Payroll Specialist Degree Levels
The most common degree for payroll specialists is bachelor's degree 48% of payroll specialists earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 29% and rounding it off is high school diploma with 11%.
- Bachelors, 48%
- Associate, 29%
- High School Diploma, 11%
- Masters, 6%
- Other Degrees, 6%
Payroll Specialists By Education
|Payroll Specialist Degree||Percentages|
|High School Diploma||11%|
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Payroll Specialist Wage Gap By Education
|High School Diploma or Less||$45,000|
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$44,932|
Payroll Specialist Employment Statistics
This section highlights information about where payroll specialists work. We found most payroll specialists work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most payroll specialists is the professional industry.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire payroll specialists.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Payroll Specialist Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||2%|
|50 - 100 employees||1%|
|100 - 500 employees||4%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||8%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||36%|
|> 10,000 employees||49%|
The Types Of Companies Payroll Specialist Work In
Employees with the payroll specialist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most payroll specialists prefer to work at public companies over private companies.
Payroll Specialist Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Payroll Specialists
Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ payroll specialists. Those industries include professional, non profits and health care.
Payroll Specialist Industry Statistics
Payroll Specialist Turnover And Employment Statistics
Payroll Specialist Unemployment Rate Over Time
The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of payroll specialists changed.
- Unemployment rate
Payroll Specialist Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Payroll Specialist Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Payroll Specialist Stay in a Job
By looking over 18,435 payroll specialists resumes, we figured out that the average payroll specialist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.
Less than one year
Payroll Specialist Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||24%|
Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Payroll Specialists with Other Job Titles
After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to payroll specialists.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Assistant Head Teller||3.61%||17,216|
|Statement Clerks Supervisor||6.21%||97300.00%|
|Senior Accounting Assistant||6.76%||27,841|
|Casino Gaming Worker||8.27%||20,178|
|Self Pay Representative||8.49%||82,553|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Payroll Specialists
The most common foreign language among payroll specialists is Spanish at 72.3%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 2.9% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.6%.
- Spanish, 72.3%
- French, 2.9%
- Portuguese, 2.6%
- Chinese, 2.4%
- Mandarin, 2.4%
- Other, 17.4%
Payroll Specialist Languages Spoken