How Much Do Payroll Clerks Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Payroll Clerks

Payroll Clerks compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$48290 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$30,950 to $37,720 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $30,950 to $37,720 per year or $15 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $33 $67,600
Senior (Top 25%) $28 $58,000
Middle (Mid 50%) $23 $47,020
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,720
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $30,950

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $31 $64,050
CT $27 $55,940
CA $26 $55,000
WA $26 $54,400
IL $26 $54,250
MA $26 $53,840
MD $25 $52,900
ND $25 $52,720
MN $25 $52,640
NY $25 $52,410

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Payroll Clerks are in the states of DC, CT, CA, WA and IL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Local Messengers and Local Delivery $68760 $33.06
Grain and Oilseed Milling $63890 $30.71
Natural Gas Distribution $60940 $29.30
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $60670 $29.17
Software Publishers $59680 $28.69
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $59630 $28.67
Other Information Services $59440 $28.58
Grantmaking and Giving Services $58760 $28.25
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $58730 $28.23
Rail Transportation $58630 $28.19
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $58440 $28.10
Land Subdivision $58380 $28.07
Scientific Research and Development Services $58100 $27.93
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $57640 $27.71
Legal Services $57360 $27.58
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $57340 $27.57
Nonscheduled Air Transportation $57110 $27.46
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $56300 $27.07
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $56130 $26.98
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $55760 $26.81
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $55750 $26.80
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $55680 $26.77
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $55250 $26.56
Support Activities for Water Transportation $55230 $26.55
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $54930 $26.41
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $54550 $26.23
Oil and Gas Extraction $54260 $26.09
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $54260 $26.09
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $54220 $26.07
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $54200 $26.06

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