What does a Payroll Manager do?

Payroll managers ensure employees get paid and keep track of relevant information to manage payroll preparation, complete reports, and for record maintenance. They maintain payroll information by designing systems and directing the collection, calculation, and data entry. They update payroll records by reviewing and approving changes in exemptions, insurance coverage, savings deductions, job titles, and department or division transfers. They pay employees by directing the production and issuance of paychecks or electronic transfers to an employee's bank account.

Payroll managers compile summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and non-taxable wages into reports. They determine the company’s payroll liabilities by calculating an employee's federal and state income and Social Security taxes alongside the employer's Social Security, unemployment, and worker’s compensation payments. They balance payroll accounts and provide information and answer questions and requests to resolve discrepancies. They study existing and new legislation to ensure the company complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation and advising the necessary action to management. Payroll managers need a bachelor's degree in finance or accounting.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Payroll Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£40,108 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£28K
Median: £40K
£58K
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Payroll Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Payroll Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Payroll Manager Insights

Read what Payroll Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
AkrayaAkraya
Payroll Manager
26 Jul 2019

“She was determined to help me find something that was a great fit and she exceeded my expectations.”

Gerald Auto GroupGerald Auto Group
Payroll Manager
21 Oct 2021

“I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work for such a great organization.”

PaySquare ConsultancyPaySquare Consultancy
Associate Payroll
1 Feb 2020

“Started as a fresher.. worked with an excellent team.. great place to start your career.”

PayTechPayTech
Payroll Consultant
6 Nov 2021

“You are asked to just wing it but will not receive pay increase if client does not give you an excellent score.”

Accountable Healthcare StaffingAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Recruiter Assistant and Payroll Coordinator
22 Nov 2019

“It brought a lot of satisfaction to work with someone and get them credentialed and see them find a great position.”

Wesgroup EquipmentWesgroup Equipment
Payroll Coordinator
22 Oct 2019

“I enjoy working at Wesgroup Equipment and have full confidence in the job being done by the leadership group.”

EYEY
Payroll Manager
6 Oct 2021

“Good place to learn and develop your career.”

Prompt Personnel Private LimitedPrompt Personnel Private Limited
Payroll Manager
31 May 2021

“Nice place to work and learn.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a payroll manager

When working as a payroll manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Oracle HCM Cloud, Excellent Customer Service, Microsoft Office Suite, Powerpoint and PeopleSoft HCM.

The most similar professions to payroll manager are:
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Payroll Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Benefits Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a payroll manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.