Payroll clerks


​Payroll clerks prepare payrolls and related records for employee salaries and statutory record-keeping purposes. They are responsible for processing payroll data and managing PAYG, payroll tax and superannuation requirements.

Payroll clerks or payroll officers are also required to interpret Awards and Agreements, ensure company statutory obligations are satisfied, and provide suitable payroll advice and support to all company personnel. They supervise and coordinate the processing of new starters, terminations and redundancies, and are also required to maintain pay records, employee records and leave records.

Other related occupations include inquiry clerks, inspectors and regulatory officers, intelligence and policy analysts, and contract, program and project administrators.

Where do Payroll Clerks work?

The payroll clerks employing industries include public administration and safety (15.3%), health care and social assistance (14.6%), and the manufacturing industry (11.7%).

What do they look like?

Drawing upon 2014 labour data, there are 44,700 payroll officers in the workforce. The total number of public administration and safety workers is 719,000, meaning payroll officers make up 6.2% of this sector.

The majority of workers are female (88%), with 56.4% in a full-time role and 31.6% working in a part-time capacity.

32.8% of payroll clerks have completed their high school education. A further 12.5% went on to obtain a Certificate III/IV, while 13.7% of workers have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma and 13.5% have completed a Bachelor Degree.

The biggest age group for this profession is the 35-44 years age bracket, with 26.7%. This is narrowly followed by the 25-34 years age group (24.3%) and the 45-54 years age group (23.8%).

Where are Payroll Clerks based?

New South Wales is home to the biggest number of payroll clerks, with 31.8%. Victoria is second, with 25.1%, while Queensland comes in third, with 19.8%.

The least number of workers are situated in the ACT (1.8%) and Tasmania (2.1%).

What is the hiring criteria for this type of position?

The general hiring criteria for a payroll officer position would encompass the following:

Reading comprehension and active listening are two highly cited skills for the profession. Job factors that influence the work of employees in this role are using the phone, being accurate, and using email.

What do Payroll Clerks get paid?

The average payroll officer salary differs, depending on location and the average pay level bracket (minimum, mid-level and maximum).

In New South Wales, the average minimum salary is $64,925 and the average maximum salary is $80,375. In Victoria, the average minimum salary is $62,457 and the average maximum salary is $76,249. Western Australia’s average minimum salary is $63,333, while the average maximum salary is $76,211.

Across the pay levels, South Australia has the lowest salaries (average minimum salary of $47,000, average mid-level salary of $51,750 and average maximum salary of $56,499).

What are the employment trends for this profession?

Looking at the previous 10 years, the profession enjoyed an employment growth of 24.6%. However, this trend has reversed over the last 5 years, with -11.4% growth.

Employment for payroll officers is predicted to grow moderately by 2018, when compared to other occupations. The profession also has a low unemployment rate when assessed in relation to other jobs.

Related occupations with a similar positive employment outlook include bill and account collectors, statement clerks, office clerks, receptionists, information clerks, secretaries, administrative assistants, medical records and health information technicians, and bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks.

To find a payroll officer role vacancy, 53% of job seekers will use the Internet, while 25% will rely on newspapers.

On average, full-time employees in the profession work 37.4 hours per week, which is below the 41.1 hours per week for all occupations.

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