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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

  • $51,830

    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 Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Representative Billing Specialist Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Supervisor Payroll Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Case Manager Unit Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Client Service Supervisor Client Services Manager Senior Manager
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Client Service Supervisor Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Manager Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Service Representative Account Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Accounting Manager Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Payroll Manager 4.6 years
Payroll Supervisor 4.5 years
Payroll Technician 3.5 years
Payroll Clerk 3.2 years
Payroll Analyst 3.1 years
Payroll Specialist 3.1 years
Payroll Associate 3.0 years
Payroll Processor 2.7 years
Payroll Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.4%

Senior Payroll Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

77.0%

Male

21.8%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Filipino

5.0%

French

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Senior Payroll Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.7%

Strayer University

15.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Kennesaw State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.2%

Ashford University

3.4%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Rockland Community College

2.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

2.5%

Villanova University

2.5%

Robert Morris University

2.5%

California State University - East Bay

2.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.5%

Michigan State University

2.5%

Montgomery College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

35.1%

Accounting

27.0%

Human Resources Management

6.7%

Psychology

4.2%

Management

3.9%

General Studies

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Communication

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Political Science

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Economics

1.1%

Health Care Administration

1.1%

English

0.9%

Sociology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

26.6%

Associate

15.3%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Senior Payroll Specialist

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Top Senior Payroll Specialist Skills

  1. ADP Workforce
  2. Payroll Processing System
  3. High Rate
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed various payroll reports for each payroll as well as developing custom reports in ADP Workforce Now reporting.
  • Maintain knowledge of the payroll processing system and changes in wage and tax laws to develop a trusted relationship with clients.
  • Provided quality client service to maintain a high rate of client retention.
  • Assist in answering various questions in reference to federal, state, and local tax returns for multi-state payroll.
  • Coordinate with accounting department to reconcile general ledger reports and all other necessary reporting for company as a whole.

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