How to Hire a Payroll Clerk

Does your growing business need a Payroll Clerk? Payroll Clerks help issue payments and tax information to employees based on their submitted hourly logs.

Here are some tips to help you find great Payroll Clerk candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Payroll Clerks search for Jobs on Indeed*

211,759

job seekers clicked on payroll clerk jobs

8,726

resumes from job seekers with payroll clerk experience on Indeed

1,060

payroll clerk jobs that received clicks

Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $16.47 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$31.80 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$31.80

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Payroll Clerk?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great Payroll Clerk hire can help your business:

• Collect and manage timekeeping information about hours worked
• Approve and coordinate overtime hours
• Calculate payroll and relevant taxes

Skills to look for in a great Payroll Clerk

A great Payroll Clerk candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Familiarity with commonly used accounting software such as Quickbooks
• Can use the functions of Microsoft Excel
• Payroll or accounting information management
• Attention to detail
• Excellent communicator
• Problem-solving

Writing a Payroll Clerk job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Payroll Clerk candidates. A Payroll Clerk job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Payroll Clerk jobs, such as:

• Payroll Clerk
• Payroll Officer
• Entry Level Payroll

Interviewing Payroll Clerk candidates

Strong candidates for Payroll Clerk positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Recording and updating a database of employee time cards
• Updating employee banking records when necessary
• Manage complaints and provide solutions when processing payroll

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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