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Payroll Directors


Earnings for those employed as payroll directors vary widely, depending on size of the organization, the magnitude of the job, whether the director is considered a member of the executive management team, and the education and experience of the specific employee. The BLS does not have a specific category for payroll directors, but parallels may be drawn to compensation and benefits managers, described by the BLS as those who plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how and how much employees are paid, with median pay of $121,010; the BLS reports salaries ranging fromĀ $70,560 to more than $205,470, which is indicative of the significant range. According to, the median annual salary for a payroll director is $116,750 as of February 2020, with the range between $92,281 and $140,935.

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