What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Manages payroll department operations and staff at a company or organization. Ensures that employee wages, salaries, benefits and deductions are calculated correctly, and that paychecks are distributed on time. Coordinates with human resources staff with regard to staff promotions and pay grades.
There were 138 Payroll Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7719 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Payroll Manager industry, which includes the Payroll Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Payroll Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $75,057.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,193.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Payroll Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $64,884.
Education and Experience
Posted Payroll Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Payroll Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||8%|
|3 to 5 years||60%|
|6 to 8 years||19%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Payroll Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (41%)
- Microsoft Excel (40%)
- Detail-Oriented (27%)
- Microsoft Office (24%)
- Problem Solving (23%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Payroll Processing (100%)
- Accounting (48%)
- ADP Payroll (18%)
- General Ledger (16%)
- Payroll Taxes (15%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Staff Management (17%)
- Calculation (17%)
- Multi-State Payroll (17%)
- Workers' Compensation (14%)
- Scheduling (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Payroll Services (5%)
- Ceridian (3%)
- Wage Garnishments (3%)
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (3%)
- Month-End Close Processes (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (3%) – marginal value $3,419
- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) (6%) – marginal value $2,456
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Payroll Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Payroll Supervisor
- Senior Payroll Manager
- Payroll Supervisor/Manager/Director
- Payroll Director
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
Here are the employers that have posted the most Payroll Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Acca (211)
- Accenture (102)
- KPMG (100)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (84)
- Genesis Healthcare Corporation (64)
- State North Carolina (4)
- Afl Global (3)
- Accenture (3)
- United Rentals (3)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!