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all about payroll administrators

Payroll administrators are responsible for overseeing all the administrative tasks included with the payroll process, including reviewing time records, checking payroll for accuracy, and dealing with payroll related issues as they arise. If you are looking to get into HR and think payroll administration is the career for you, contact Randstad Canada today to boost your job search and find a role that matches your career aspirations, skills, and experience.

what payroll administrator jobs entail

Payroll administrators work in an office setting during regular office hours, usually 9-5. You work within the HR department and spend most of your time on a computer. Some payroll administrators work on a contract basis for multiple companies or for HR outsourcing solution firms. You will take instruction from and report to the payroll and benefits manager or HR manager.

average payroll administrator salaries

Working as a payroll administrator in Canada, you can expect an average salary of just over $45,000 per year. You could start with a salary as low as $36,000 annually. With a number of years in the role, you can make up to $60,000 annually. Performance bonuses and employee benefits may also be included in your compensation package.

your day to day tasks

You ensure that employees are paid accurately and on time each pay period. Tasks you may be responsible for include:

  • collecting and reviewing time cards
  • check employee schedules to ensure accuracy
  • implementing company payment policies
  • addressing payroll questions and issues from employees
  • processing payroll deductions
  • distributing employee paychecks on payday
  • filing tax reports on behalf of your employer
  • updating payroll records

where you can work

Payroll administrators can find roles with companies in virtually all industries. Most work for human resources firms, large corporations, or small and medium size businesses. There are opportunities in cities across the country. You can expect higher average salaries in larger cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton.

what you bring to the table

As a payroll administrator, you can handle the payroll function, but are also able to assist in other area of HR, specifically benefits administration. Some skills employers look for include:

  • experience with payroll software and systems (ADP, Ceridian)
  • accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • experience with accounts payable or receivable
  • benefits administration
  • payroll tax laws and regulations
  • ability to work with sensitive data
  • attention to detail and accuracy

training and certifications

Payroll administrators are required to have a university degree or college diploma in business administration, human resources, accounting or other related areas of study. Experience working within HR or specifically in a payroll function is an asset. Knowledge and familiarity with payroll regulations is a must.

where your career is headed

Payroll administrator is an entry level role in human resources. It opens the door to many other opportunities in the payroll and benefits side of HR, such as payroll and benefits administrator, payroll supervisor, payroll manager, payroll specialist, and payroll coordinator. With experience, you can work your way up to roles such as human resources manager. This is considered a steady and stable career path.

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