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Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk Salary Information

The salary statistics of payroll and timekeeping clerks are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of payroll and timekeeping clerks within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The payroll and timekeeping clerks annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,200
25th Percentile Wage
$34,100
50th Percentile Wage
$42,390
75th Percentile Wage
$51,480
90th Percentile Wage
$62,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for payroll and timekeeping clerks. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) payroll and timekeeping clerks is $62,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,200. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 128% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of payroll and timekeeping clerks from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,3903.28%11.09%
201541,0003.17%-
201439,7002.59%-
201338,6702.53%-
201237,690--

Table 2. Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of payroll and timekeeping clerks in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for payroll and timekeeping clerks occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $50,090. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $35,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$50,090
Information
$45,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$45,170
Finance and Insurance
$44,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,460
Construction
$43,800
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$43,720
Wholesale Trade
$43,470
Manufacturing
$43,000
Educational Services
$42,890
Mining
$42,310
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,770
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,620
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,480
Retail Trade
$40,360
Accommodation and Food Services
$40,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,980
Transportation and Warehousing
$39,880
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,870

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks by States

From the above tables we note that not only payroll and timekeeping clerks salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of payroll and timekeeping clerks in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,920 to $59,860. The highest paying state for payroll and timekeeping clerks is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $59,860. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,920. For more salary information of payroll and timekeeping clerks profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$59,860
Alaska
$50,570
Connecticut
$48,560
Maryland
$47,540
Washington
$47,540
Massachusetts
$47,420
New Jersey
$47,260
California
$46,830
New York
$45,820
Delaware
$45,340
New Hampshire
$45,120
Minnesota
$44,820
Oregon
$44,790
Colorado
$44,730
Illinois
$44,570
Rhode Island
$44,430
Virginia
$44,260
Georgia
$43,400
Wyoming
$42,490
Wisconsin
$42,160
Vermont
$41,980
Hawaii
$41,910
Ohio
$41,500
Nevada
$40,950
Pennsylvania
$40,770
Kansas
$40,640
North Dakota
$40,610
Iowa
$40,480
Texas
$40,480
Kentucky
$40,110
Michigan
$39,890
Indiana
$39,460
Utah
$39,360
Tennessee
$39,340
Florida
$39,060
North Carolina
$39,020
Arizona
$38,900
Montana
$38,590
New Mexico
$38,540
Maine
$38,460
South Carolina
$37,750
Idaho
$37,720
Alabama
$37,130
Nebraska
$37,120
Missouri
$36,980
Louisiana
$36,940
Oklahoma
$36,840
Mississippi
$36,480
South Dakota
$35,420
Arkansas
$34,750
West Virginia
$31,780
Guam
$31,650
Virgin Islands
$29,510
Puerto Rico
$22,920


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