How much does a Payroll Manager make in the United States? The average Payroll Manager salary in the United States is $117,772 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $103,963 and $133,882. 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 Manager Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Payroll Manager Salary $91,390 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Payroll Manager Salary $103,963 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Payroll Manager Salary $117,772 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Payroll Manager Salary $133,882 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Payroll Manager Salary $148,549 US January 26, 2024
25% $103,963 10% $91,390 90% $148,549 75% $133,882 $117,772 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
Change Search Criteria
Check out Payroll Manager jobs in Ashburn, Virginia

Accounting Manager

Invictus International Consulting, LLC - Alexandria, VA

Accounting Manager

Dewberry - Fairfax, VA

MyNavyHR Program Manager

ARServices - Falls Church, VA

What skills does a Payroll Manager need?

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.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


General Ledger: Creating and keeping track of business transactions and activities to monitor financial operations.


Auditing: Auditing refers to the independent examination of financial information of any entity whether profit oriented or not. It is a safeguard measure that prevents corruption.

Leadership 1.6%
General Ledger 0.63%
Auditing 0.34%
Others 97.43%

Job Description for Payroll Manager

Payroll Manager is responsible for managing payroll processing operations. Establishes policies and processes that ensure accurate calculation of wages, tax withholdings, and company deductions. Being a Payroll Manager interfaces between finance and human resource departments to provide accurate and useful information. Develops and produces payroll-related statistical reports. Additionally, Payroll Manager ensures accurate and on-time governmental reporting and compliance. Oversees the activities and training of both professionals and support staff. Directs the resolution of complex issues or errors. Requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a director. The Payroll Manager manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. To be a Payroll Manager typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1 - 3 years supervisory experience may be required. Extensive knowledge of the function and department processes. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

Employers: Job Description Management Tool

See user submitted job responsibilities for Payroll Manager. job board provides millions of Payroll Manager information for you to search for. Click on search button below to see Payroll Manager job openings or enter a new job title here.

Job Openings for Payroll Manager

Career Path for Payroll Manager

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Payroll Manager, the first career path typically progresses to Payroll Director.

Those that have already made the climb...
Theodore B. Young, Chief Financial Officer
Dorian LPG Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its LPG tankers worldwide. It owns and operates twenty-five very large gas carriers (VLGCs). The company was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
Fiscal Year Ended in 2023
Not the job you're looking for? Search more salaries here:
See if your skills match up? Check skills for Payroll Manager

Are you an HR manager or compensation specialist?'s CompAnalyst platform offers:

  • Detailed skills and competency reports for specific positions
  • Job and employee pricing reports
  • Compensation data tools, salary structures, surveys and benchmarks.
Learn about CompAnalyst

Payroll Manager salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Payroll Manager, the highest Payroll Manager salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Payroll Manager salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Payroll Manager salary is in Miami, FL, where the Payroll Manager salary is 2.9% 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
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

Take just three simple steps below to generate your own personalized salary report

Step 1 of 3

Understand the total compensation opportunity for a Payroll Manager, base salary plus other pay elements

Average Base Salary

Core compensation


Average Total Cash Compensation

Includes base and annual incentives

These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Payroll Manager in the United States. The base salary for Payroll Manager ranges from $103,963 to $133,882 with the average base salary of $117,772. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $109,786 to $146,451 with the average total cash compensation of $126,633.
Step 2 of 3

Discover how your pay is adjusted for skills, experience, and other factors

How much should you be paid?

For a real-time salary target, tell us more about your role in the four categories below.



Step 3 of 3

How much should you be paid?

View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

Skills associated with Payroll Manager: Payroll Administration, Garnishments and Levies, Paid time off tracking, E-filing Employment Tax ...More

Recently searched related titles: Avionics Software Engineer

Salary estimation for Payroll Manager at companies like : RightWing Insider, Processing Center, Beechwood Independent School District

Payroll Manager Salary in United States
Payroll Manager Salary Graph, Regional Distribution and Summary