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Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks

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

Where in the Army? In the Army: Financial Management Technician; Human Resources Specialist

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:
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.

Knowledge

Business
  • administrative services
  • human resources (HR)
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by writing
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Time accounting software
  • Kronos Workforce Payroll
  • Virtual Software Virtual Timecard
Human resources software
  • ADP Enterprise HRMS
  • API Navigator
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$38,670
per year, on average
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