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Working As A Senior Payroll Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Payroll Specialist Career Paths

Senior Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Manager Office Manager
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Office Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Office Manager
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Property Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Property Manager Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accounting Manager
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Merchandising Manager Planning Manager
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Account Manager Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Inventory Manager Assistant Controller
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Teller Supervisor Assistant Office Manager Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Planning Manager Benefits Manager
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Corporate Account Manager Corporate Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll/Human Resource Manager Benefits Manager
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Supervisor 4.7 years
Payroll Manager 4.7 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 4.2 years
Payroll Technician 3.7 years
Payroll Officer 3.7 years
Payroll Auditor 3.6 years
Payroll Clerk 3.3 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Processor 3.0 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Assistant 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Payroll Specialist
Cashier 2.2%
Accountant 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Payroll Specialist
Consultant 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Amec Foster Wheeler Ventures
Highest Paying City
Hercules, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Senior Payroll Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Payroll Specialist in the United States is $52,565 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $71,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Payroll Specialist

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. Payroll Processing System
  3. ADP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared quarterly local, state, and federal income tax returns.
  • Maintain knowledge of the payroll processing system and changes in wage and tax laws to develop a trusted relationship with clients.
  • Coordinated semi-monthly payroll processing and monthly pension payroll utilizing ADP-PCPW.
  • Research and resolve client and system issues, while maintaining a high rate of client retention through quality service.
  • Gathered and verified all required payroll data and customer information to ensure accurate processing of payroll.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Payroll Specialists

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Minnesota
  4. Alaska
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
  7. California
  8. Delaware
  9. Colorado
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Senior Payroll Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

70.8%

Male

20.8%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

Filipino

6.1%

French

6.1%

Chinese

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Tagalog

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Polish

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Italian

3.0%
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Senior Payroll Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

Strayer University

15.6%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Franklin University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

San Diego State University

3.6%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Kennesaw State University

3.1%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

3.1%

Robert Morris University

2.7%

Ashford University

2.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

2.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.7%

Liberty University

2.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.2%

Walden University

2.2%

University of Utah

2.2%
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Majors

Business

36.2%

Accounting

25.8%

Human Resources Management

8.1%

Management

3.2%

Psychology

3.0%

General Studies

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%

Political Science

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Economics

1.0%

English

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Law

1.0%

Mathematics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

25.3%

Associate

15.4%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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