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.
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Payroll Specialist Career Path
Learn how to become a Payroll Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Payroll Specialist Insights
“I enjoyed my time with this company the people I worked with were great and the clients were great.”
“Every single day this job challenges me to work on my personal growth and professional growth.”
“If you are a new graduate or trying to start out your career this is a good place to start.”
“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.”
“Team was really good and understanding”
“The team I work with have been nothing but helpful in training me to do my role to the best of my ability.”
“Everyone can be super nice and helpful.”
“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.
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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.