Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

Median Annual Wage: $39,700

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (47%); Associate's degree (16%); Bachelor's degree (16%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Personnel Assistant; Payroll Clerk; Payroll Specialist; Payroll Coordinator; Payroll Administrator; Payroll Assistant; Accounting Technician; Payroll Representative; Payroll and Benefits Specialist; Payroll Technician

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  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Record employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.
  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.
  • Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
  • Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.
  • Provide information to employees and managers on payroll matters, tax issues, benefit plans, and collective agreement provisions.
  • Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.
  • Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submit them to appropriate departments.
  • Conduct verifications of employment.

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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