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Salary, Wages, Pay: Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks




Salaries of payroll and timekeeping clerks may vary considerably. The region of the country, size of city, and type and size of establishment all influence salary levels. Also, the level of expertise required and the complexity and uniqueness of a clerk’s responsibilities may affect earnings.

Median annual earnings of payroll and timekeeping clerks in May 2004 were $30,350. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,430 and $36,930. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,680, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $44,270. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of payroll and timekeeping clerks in May 2004 were:

Management of companies and enterprises $32,600
Elementary and secondary schools 32,390
Local government 31,620
Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services 29,040
Employment services 28,010
Some employers offer educational assistance to payroll and timekeeping clerks.