Payroll job description guide

Payroll Salary Guide

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A Payroll professional is responsible for processing payroll, remitting payroll taxes and government reporting as well as preparing monthly, quarterly and year-end payroll statements. A Payroll Supervisor/Manager will ensure compliance with government regulations, establishing and implementing policies on matters such as payroll advancements to employees and the hiring, training and supervision of payroll staff.

What is a Payroll job description?

A Payroll job description should include the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring all payroll transactions are processed efficiently
  • Collecting, calculating, and entering data in order to maintain and update payroll information
  • Compiling summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and non-taxable wages and reporting on this
  • Determining payroll liabilities by calculating employee federal and state income, social security taxes, employer's social security, unemployment, and workers compensation payments
  • Resolving payroll discrepancies
  • Maintaining payroll operations by following policies and procedures
  • Developing ad hoc financial and operational reporting as needed

Payroll job qualifications and requirements

Although no degree is necessary to enter a career in payroll, a degree in finance or economics would be beneficial.

Aside from this, it is imperative that a Payroll job description highlight the need for great attention to detail, a solid grasp of mathematics, alongside excellent organisational and communication skills.

Payroll is exposed to confidential information – thus a high degree of professionalism and discretion should be included in the job description.

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