Payroll Specialist Salary in the US

$20.78
per hour
per year
$43,222
per year
per hour

Payroll Specialist - Average Salary & Hourly Wage

The average salary for a Payroll Specialist is $20.78 per hour ($43,222 per year), which is $10,268 (-19%) lower than the average salary in the US.
A Payroll Specialist can expect an average starting pay of $16.64. The highest pay rates can exceed $25.94.
$16.64
Low
$20.78
Average salary
$25.94
High
$34,611
Low
$43,222
Average salary
$53,955
High

Payroll Specialist Salary Range

Low
$16.64
Average salary
$20.78
Senior
$22.20
High
$25.94
Low
$34,611
Average salary
$43,222
Senior
$46,176
High
$53,955
Among HR Payroll Specialists in the US, early career Payroll & Benefits Specialists tend to have the lowest pay rates, while more experienced Senior Payroll Specialists with a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification and Payroll Implementation Specialists enjoy the highest pay rates.

Payroll Specialist - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Payroll Implementation Specialist$25.60/hour
+23% 
Payroll Tax Specialist$24.10/hour
+16% 
Certified Payroll Specialist (CPP)$22.40/hour
+8% 
Senior Payroll Specialist$22.20/hour
+7% 

Payroll Specialist - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Payroll Specialist with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $35,000 per year. A mid career Payroll Specialist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $42,000, while a Senior Payroll Specialist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $46,000. Payroll Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn $50,000 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Payroll Specialist

Late Career▲ +16%
Senior▲ +6%
Average Salary$43,222/year
Mid Career▼ -3%
Entry Level▼ -19%

Gender Breakdown

Female
91%
Male
9%

Payroll Specialist - Jobs by Location

Payroll Specialist - Related Salaries (per year)

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Payroll Specialist jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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