What does a Payroll Specialist do?

A payroll specialist is primarily responsible for processing payroll and maintaining the employee database regarding salary and pay. Other duties include managing the company budget and expense as well as cooperating with different departments to increase payroll service performance and improve upon the payroll system. Typical career advancements for payroll specialist include a managerial or supervisory role in the company.

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimal requirement for a payroll specialist, an associate's or bachelor's degree in business or accounting is preferred. Due to the nature of the position, a strong knowledge of tax and wage laws and common fiscal procedures is necessary along with excellent communication skills and computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office applications. Ideal candidates are physically able to sit in front of a computer every work day for long hours at a time.

  • Process payroll for employees in the organization
  • Maintain personnel database regarding salaries
  • Manage organization budget and expenses
  • Report to department supervisor regarding daily activities and issues
  • Work directly with clients to achieve organization goals as required
  • Address and resolve employee complaints relating to the payroll system
  • Work with company database programs to process payroll
  • Prepare reports to relevant departments about payroll, company budget and expense
  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in business or accounting preferred
  • Proven experience in a payroll position in a fast-paced environment required
  • Strong knowledge of tax and wage laws
  • Good understanding of the common fiscal procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer literacy including Microsoft Office applications
  • Exceptional multitasking and organizational skills
  • Able to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Physically able to work seated in front of a computer for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Payroll Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

€38,539 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: €39K
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Payroll Specialist Career Path

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Payroll Specialist
12 Sep 2021

“I enjoyed my time with this company the people I worked with were great and the clients were great.”

Insight GlobalInsight Global
Payroll Administrator
26 Aug 2020

“Every single day this job challenges me to work on my personal growth and professional growth.”

Payroll Administrator
21 Aug 2019

“If you are a new graduate or trying to start out your career this is a good place to start.”

Payroll Administrator
2 Oct 2019

“I do have a fair amount of criticisms but I enjoyed my time there despite the stress and it’s a good introduction to HR/payroll.”

Children's AidChildren's Aid
Payroll Specialist
1 Aug 2019

“Team was really good and understanding”

Atalian ServestAtalian Servest
Payroll Administrator
29 Nov 2021

“The team I work with have been nothing but helpful in training me to do my role to the best of my ability.”

Payroll Administrator
23 Dec 2021

“Everyone can be super nice and helpful.”

Webtel ElectrosoftWebtel Electrosoft
Payroll Executive
23 Aug 2019

“Healthy and friendly environment among teammates is the best part .”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a payroll specialist

When working as a payroll specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Organizational, Attention To Detail, Written Communication and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to payroll specialist are:
  • Payroll Manager
  • HR Manager
  • HR Generalist
  • Hr Business Partner

The most common qualifications to become a payroll specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.