WHAT DO PAYROLL SPECIALISTS DO?
Are you obsessed with time? How about numbers? Do you have a clock collection that is only matched by your calculator collection? If this is you, you may wind up as a payroll specialist (Get it? wind up?!?)
Payroll specialists collect the time data and payroll information for companies. Payroll specialists work in offices and and fill out spreadsheets and use other administrative software to make sure employees are paid for the hours that they work. Payroll specialists make sure the hours worked are accurate, the checks are cut correctly and employees are paid on time. Payroll specialists often create data for accountants or other financial specialists at tax time or during financial reviews.
HOW MUCH DO PAYROLL SPECIALISTS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median 2010 income for payroll specialists was $36,330, or $17.46 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
You can get started with a high school diploma for most payroll specialist jobs. Much of the training is done on-the-job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Math: Payroll specialists may have to calculate changes to pay rates based on time off, overtime, etc.
- Communication: Payroll specialists talk with employees to help them understand their paycheck and any changes that may occur.
- Organizational Skills: Payroll specialists gather data from multiple sources, and work with many employees and pay scales. Keeping it all organized is important.