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Payroll Officer

Find out what it takes to become a payroll officer in any given industry. Look into information on salary, job prospects and required skills.

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The current average salary of an Payroll Officer is $60,000 - 74,000 annually


Payroll officers prepare payrolls and keep records of employees’ hours worked to disburse salaries/wages. The job is likely to be stable over the next 5 years, with 13,000 job openings.

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Key skills

Payroll officers need to monitor a company’s payroll information, ensuring it is accurate so as to pay each employee correctly and on time.  

  • Accuracy while tracking each employee’s working hours, overtime, leave taken, entitlements, superannuation, etc.
  • Strong head for numbers to perform calculations with commissions, bonuses, taxes and other deductions
  • Clear communication skills to answer employees’ questions and convey information on changes to benefits or salary structure
  • Adept at using computer software to do accounting, time-tracking and human resource management
  • Interpreting industrial award rates and applying them accordingly
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Quick facts

Working as a payroll officer means you can work in a wide range of industries since most companies require a payroll officer. This role is skewed towards the female population with 85.4% of workers being women.

  • Average Hours Worked
    36 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration and safety; retail trade; and health cCare and social assistance
  • Average qualification level
    26.1% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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