Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
SOC: 43-3051.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
172,800 employed

Projected (2024):
166,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Account Clerk
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Specialist
  • Accounting Technician
  • Attendance Clerk
  • Bonus Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Checkman
  • Commission Clerk
  • Fiscal Technician
  • Flight Crew Scheduler
  • Flight Crew Time Clerk
  • Human Resource Director
  • Human Resources Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant)
  • Human Resources Representative (HR Representative)
  • Paymaster
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Analyst
  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist
  • Payroll Assistant
  • Payroll Associate
  • Payroll Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Coordinator
  • Payroll Manager
  • Payroll Officer
  • Payroll Processor
  • Payroll Representative
  • Payroll Secretary
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Payroll Technician
  • Personnel and Payroll Technician
  • Personnel Assistant
  • Personnel Clerk
  • Personnel Scheduler
  • Personnel Technician
  • Piece Work Checker
  • Sign Out Clerk
  • Time and Attendance Clerk
  • Time Checker
  • Time Clerk
  • Time Recorder
  • Timekeeper
  • Wanigan Clerk

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.
  • Record employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.
  • Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.
  • Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.
  • Provide information to employees and managers on payroll matters, tax issues, benefit plans, and collective agreement provisions.
  • Complete time sheets showing employees' arrival and departure times.
  • Post relevant work hours to client files to bill clients properly.
  • Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
  • Complete, verify, and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, and unemployment and medical insurance.
  • Prepare and balance period-end reports, and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements.
  • Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submit them to appropriate departments.
  • Coordinate special programs, such as United Way campaigns, that involve payroll deductions.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.
  • Conduct verifications of employment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Computer terminals
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • ADP Enterprise HRMS
  • ADP PC/Payroll
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • API Navigator
  • Automated payroll software
  • Automated timekeeping software
  • BMH Open4 Payroll
  • BSI ComplianceFactory
  • CyberShift Workforce Management 3G Time and Attendance
  • Data entry software
  • EBS On Line InstaPay
  • Email software
  • Galaxy Technologies TimeStar Enterprise
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • Human Resource MicroSystems HR Entre
  • IBM Notes
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Intuit Quicken software
  • Jantek Jupiter Time Attendance
  • Kronos Workforce Payroll
  • Mangrove Software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Great Plains Personal Data Keeper
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Novell GroupWise
  • NuView EBS
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll for North America
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Paychex Preview
  • PAYDATA Advanced Payroll & HR Solutions software
  • PDS Vista
  • Penta software
  • RSM McGladrey Clear Pay
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Sage Abra HRMS
  • SAP Americas mySAP ERP Human Capital Management HCM
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • TimeForce
  • TimePlus Payroll
  • Ultimate Software UltiPro Workplace
  • Unitime Systems Software
  • Virtual Software Virtual Timecard
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software
  • WorkForce Software EmpCenter Time and Attendance

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330