Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks

payroll information conventional interests record employee computer compute wages data financial transaction balance reports

Payroll Assistant, 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:
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.
  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.



  • administrative services
  • accounting and economics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written


  • 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
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Time accounting software

  • Kronos Workforce Payroll
  • Kronos Workforce Timekeeper Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Oracle PeopleSoft Hot Technology
  • Workday software Hot Technology In Demand


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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