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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,130
25th Percentile Wage
$35,160
50th Percentile Wage
$43,890
75th Percentile Wage
$53,350
90th Percentile Wage
$63,180

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 $63,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,130. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 124% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of payroll and timekeeping clerks from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,890
3.42% 14.13%
2016
$42,390
3.28% -
2015
$41,000
3.17% -
2014
$39,700
2.59% -
2013
$38,670
2.53% -
2012
$37,690
- -

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 $52,690. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $35,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$52,690
Information
$47,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,100
Finance and Insurance
$46,090
Wholesale Trade
$45,600
Construction
$45,430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,160
Manufacturing
$44,430
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,230
Educational Services
$44,170
Mining
$43,190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,760
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,690
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,860
Retail Trade
$41,860
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,640
Accommodation and Food Services
$40,580
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,180

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 $23,980 to $62,080. The highest paying state for payroll and timekeeping clerks is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $62,080. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,980. 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
$62,080
Alaska
$52,340
Connecticut
$50,920
Maryland
$49,910
Washington
$49,770
California
$49,260
Massachusetts
$48,990
New Jersey
$47,490
Minnesota
$47,400
New York
$46,320
Rhode Island
$46,050
Oregon
$45,490
Virginia
$45,120
Illinois
$44,780
New Hampshire
$44,730
Colorado
$44,660
Hawaii
$44,320
Delaware
$44,110
Georgia
$43,390
Wisconsin
$43,060
Wyoming
$43,020
Utah
$42,960
Nevada
$42,710
Kansas
$42,530
North Dakota
$42,530
Texas
$42,320
Ohio
$42,280
Pennsylvania
$41,900
North Carolina
$41,850
Vermont
$41,830
Michigan
$41,650
Tennessee
$41,640
Iowa
$41,380
Florida
$40,240
Indiana
$40,220
Arizona
$40,150
Nebraska
$39,690
Kentucky
$39,550
Maine
$39,510
Idaho
$38,840
Montana
$38,820
Missouri
$38,400
South Carolina
$38,310
New Mexico
$38,150
Oklahoma
$37,880
Alabama
$37,610
Louisiana
$37,450
Mississippi
$37,180
Arkansas
$36,030
South Dakota
$35,960
West Virginia
$33,180
Guam
$32,890
Virgin Islands
$31,180
Puerto Rico
$23,980



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