Salary for Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

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Also known as:  Flight Crew Time Clerk, Payroll Bookkeeper, Personnel Scheduler, Time and Attendance Clerk, Time Clerk, Timekeeper helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

A payroll clerk is an individual who record and computer the earnings that a company owes to each employee. The information is input into a computer to help ensure that employees are paid on time. Along with ensuring that pay is disbursed, Payroll clerks must also calculate deductions, Social Security payments and other deductions, which may involve setting up transfers and automatic deductions. The educational requirements needed to become a Payroll Clerk vary. Some employers allow high school graduates to fill the position, though most prefer a two-year degree.

A Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk can expect a wage between $30,950 and $67,600 depending on experience and education levels. will normally receive a wage of fourty-eight thousand two hundred and ninety dollars annually.

can receive the highest pay in District of Columbia, where they receive a compensation of just about $64,050. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Utilities, where they receive compensation, on average, of $59,120.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.75 percent nationwide in that time.


Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Finance and Insurance
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services