Payroll Clerk

Payroll clerks are important employees of the companies and organizations for which they work. They keep employee information updated and they are in charge of employee time cards which are used along with hourly wages to compute how much employees should be paid once all the required deductions are taken. They also keep track of employees’ vacation leave and sick pay. At the end of the year they are required to issue each employee a statement of earnings and deductions. According to the website payroll clerks are responsible for updating payroll records when new employees are hired or when employees resign from their jobs. They also investigate and correct any errors or discrepancies in payroll records. Sometimes they are expected to answer phones and do filing. For most jobs payroll clerks need a high school diploma. However they must be able to work with numeric information and they must be knowledgeable about the computer software programs used to keep records and make accurate calculations. In addition they must be able to comprehend written information that is relevant to their job and to communicate with employees who have questions about their pay. Many of the tasks payroll clerks perform are repetitive and require long hours sitting at a desk. The website says that salaries for payroll clerks depend on their skills and experience their specific responsibilities and the size of the company or organization for which they work. The median salary for this job is approximately $31000 a year. In most cases payroll clerks also get benefits such as health insurance retirement and paid holidays and vacations.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $31000
High Salary: $41000
Low Salary: $21000
Tasks: Compiles employees' work time and payroll data.
Prepares paychecks.
Issues paychecks.
Distributes and collects timecards.
Also Called: Human Resources Clerk
Benefits Clerk
Bonus Clerk
Commissions Clerk
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