How much does a Payroll Director make in the United States? The average Payroll Director salary in the United States is $158,492 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $139,883 and $177,799. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Payroll Director Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Payroll Director Salary $122,941 US May 28, 2024
25th Percentile Payroll Director Salary $139,883 US May 28, 2024
50th Percentile Payroll Director Salary $158,492 US May 28, 2024
75th Percentile Payroll Director Salary $177,799 US May 28, 2024
90th Percentile Payroll Director Salary $195,377 US May 28, 2024
25% $139,883 10% $122,941 90% $195,377 75% $177,799 $158,492 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Customer Service: Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees "who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest". Customer service concerns the priority an organization assigns to customer service relative to components such as product innovation and pricing. In this sense, an organization that values good customer service may spend more money in training employees than the average organization or may proactively interview customers for feedback. From the point of view of an overall sales process engineering effort, customer service plays an important role in an organization's ability to generate income and revenue. From that perspective, customer service should be included as part of an overall approach to systematic improvement. One good customer service experience can change the entire perception a customer holds towards the organization.


Billing: Billing refers to the aspect of banking, whereby someone is charged accurately for what item they purchased.


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Billing 2.37%
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Job Description for Payroll Director

Payroll Director directs all aspects of payroll processing operations. Establishes and oversees payroll processes and procedures for routine processing, tax reporting and internal financial requirements. Being a Payroll Director designs short-term and long-term strategies to achieve continuous improvement and efficiencies in payroll processing and delivery operations. Keeps stakeholders informed about the status of payroll laws and regulations and develops implementation plans for required changes to operations. Additionally, Payroll Director requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to senior management. The Payroll Director manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. To be a Payroll Director typically requires 5+ years of managerial experience. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Payroll Director salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Payroll Director, the highest Payroll Director salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Payroll Director salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Payroll Director salary is in Miami, FL, where the Payroll Director salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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