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digital payroll time clock, with time cards in a rack Payroll clerks are responsible for performing duties that ensure wages and salaries are delivered accurately and on time.  Payroll clerks may screen timecards, note and correct errors, compute pay, make changes to employee addresses, and manage federal, state, and insurance deductions.  In smaller offices payroll duties may be done manually, while in larger offices payroll clerks are responsible for working with computer systems that partially or fully automate the process.

Most payroll clerks receive on-the-job training, but organizations that are hiring payroll clerks look for applicants with high school diplomas or GEDs.  Training programs that offer coursework in payroll practices, timekeeping, and personnel issues are also available at high schools, community colleges, vocational centers, and technical schools.  In addition, two levels of certification are available from the American Payroll Association.

Payroll clerks usually work in office environments.  While the job is relatively low-stress, payroll clerks do need to meet deadlines.  Payroll clerks spend the majority of their time working with payroll systems on the computer, but may also engage in face-to-face interaction with workers who have questions, complaints, or issues.  In most situations, payroll clerks work a standard 40-hour workweek.

In addition to understanding the payroll process, payroll clerks must be good at math, must be detail-oriented, and must be comfortable working with people.  Excellent computer skills are also necessary, as most payroll systems incorporate computers and software.

Because payroll clerks are needed in every industry, opportunities are good for those entering this field.  As payroll systems become more automated, those with computer skills will have better opportunities than those without computer skills.  Those with experience, as well as those with certification, will be more competitive in the job market.

For more detailed information about payroll processing technologies and employee compensation trends, please visit the World At Work website.


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