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Payroll Clerk

It’s all fun and games until the money doesn’t hit the bank. We are on the lookout for a smart, experienced Payroll Clerk who can efficiently process salaries promptly. Our ideal candidate is someone who can work closely with employees and the management to make sure payroll is a painless, hassle-free process.

Human Resources Industry

The human resources department is a critical component of any business. HR responsibilities include payroll, benefits, hiring, firing, and keeping up to date with state and federal tax laws.

What to expect from the role

  • Gain hands-on experience in handling payment for employees.
  • Conduct employee onboarding and training programs.
  • Ideate and collaborate with teams on HR projects.
  • Learn on the job about the various functions of the HR department.


  • Calculates pay according to hours worked, overtime, compensation, and bonuses, as per company policies and state and federal laws
  • Monitors and verify employee’s timekeeping entries
  • Process taxes and payment of employee benefits
  • Updates and maintains payroll system software by recording and updating data as per changes
  • Distribute pay orders through the payroll system
  • Prepares reports for management by compiling and analyzing data of wages, taxes, and deductions
  • Resolves any discrepancies that arise, through cause analysis; documents incidents for future reference
  • Answers all employee questions about payroll; records complaints and makes recommendations to management based on trends



  • High school diploma is mandatory; Bachelors in Accounting/Finance is a plus
  • [X] years experience of working in the payroll role
  • Strong knowledge of basic accounting procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiar with Excel and other Microsoft Office software
  • Knowledge of payroll software is a plus

Average Salary

On average $46,179 per annum.

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Career Path

Payroll Clerk is an ideal place to start your career in HR. The role involves handling the payroll of employees at an organisation and all related tasks. It also provides exposure to multiple HR roles and to learn on the job. Here is an ideal way you can make it to this job:

  • High school diploma is mandatory; Bachelors in Accounting/Finance is a plus
  • Pursue a master’s degree in a similar discipline
  • Gain Payroll processing experience
  • Acquire professional certification like the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPC)
  • Acquire a minimum of 2 years of work experience at reputable organizations.

Career Progression

With appropriate experience in this job role, you can move on to other jobs in this field such as:

  • Director of Payroll
  • General HR Manager
  • HR Generalist

Sample Questions

  • Why did you choose a job in Human Resources?

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • What qualities do you possess that make you best suited for this job?

Human Resources
  • What was your work experience like in the previous company?

  • How comfortable are you working with employees from different departments?

  • Would you be willing to work on weekends?

  • How would you describe your management style?

  • How would you manage your time in the case of multiple projects?

  • How would you handle a disgruntled employee?

Technical knowledge and skills
  • What HRM tools are you familiar with?

  • In what ways does an ATS help the HR department?

  • How would you chart out a payroll system?