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Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks

Also called: Payroll Administrator, Payroll Clerk, Payroll Coordinator, Payroll Specialist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.
On the job, you would:
  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.


  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Time accounting software
  • Kronos Workforce Payroll
  • Virtual Software Virtual Timecard
Human resources software
  • API Navigator
  • Human resource management software HRMS Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software Hot Technology
  • SAP software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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