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Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks

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

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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.


  • 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


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 writing
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


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


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 MicroSystems HR Entre
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


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

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