Payroll Clerk Jobs Concord NH
office clerical, industrial, technical, information technology
Type of Service
temporary, temporary/part time, part time
How to become a Payroll Clerk
While most payroll clerks train on the job, employers still require a high school diploma or GED prior to hiring. Once hired, workers learn by observing other workers and by receiving on-the-job training from their supervisors and colleagues. In some cases, there may also be some additional training done outside of the office. Completion of a high school business program enhances a basic high school degree and makes an applicant seem especially qualified for the position. However, there are some employers who look specifically for those who have graduated from a two year business school.
The American Payroll Association has a formal certification program with two levels of certification: Fundamental Payroll Certification and the Certified Payroll Professional. The latter more advanced certificate requires at least three years work in the professional world.
What does a Payroll Clerk do?
A payroll clerk ensures the timeliness and accuracy of wages for all employees. They also monitor the number of hours clocked in by employees. This responsibility involves not only the paycheck to the worker but all the deductions for taxes, health insurance, and garnishment, among other categories. In addition, payroll clerks maintain correct addresses for all workers and mail out tax records for filing income tax returns. While most offices have become thoroughly automated, there are a few offices where clerks still calculate payroll by hand.
Similar to payroll clerks, timekeeping clerks distribute and review timesheets. For those companies that bill clients by the hour, timekeeping clerks monitor the billable hours to ensure their accuracy. These clerks also have the responsibility to disseminate information about changes in payroll policies. In smaller offices, the same person may perform both payroll and timekeeping clerk roles.
Payroll clerks examine timesheets for errors. They compute deductions for taxes, health insurance, retirement and so forth. In an automated office, either the computer will notify the payroll clerk of the error or the payroll clerk will search through printouts for errors.
Payroll clerks work in every industry but an increasing number work as temporary employees; temporary workers generally lack benefits. However, those who are not temporary workers are usually employed by tax preparation and bookkeeping firms. Some companies have outsourced payroll to companies that specialize in payroll. In 2006, about 16% of all payroll clerks worked less than a 40 hour week.
Generally, payroll clerks work 35-40 hour weeks, and they work from desks. Payroll clerks have to obtain information from other workers, databases, and external sources. Like other office workers, payroll clerks spend a good deal of time interacting with computers, but payroll clerks also have to interact with other workers, and this requires great interpersonal skills. These skills become particularly important when a ...