Payroll Directors

Payroll Director Calculates Tax

The payroll director in a business organization is responsible for the administration of the payroll department and management of employee compensation. Depending upon the size of the business and its corporate structure, the payroll director prepares or oversees the preparation and processing of weekly or periodic payroll for employees and addresses payroll tax reporting, benefits and perquisites, accounting and payroll systems, as well as supervising payroll clerks and other employees in the payroll department.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Payroll Managers, Payroll Supervisors, Directors of Payroll
Duties Manage weekly (or other periodic) payroll for all employees of an organization; calculate payroll; maintain records and calculate appropriate credits for sick and vacation time; supervise clerical and other payroll staff; work with internal and external auditors and state and federal agencies; hire and train payroll clerks, data processors, and similar employees
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Three to five years experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Math
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Payroll Director
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Payroll Clerk