Payroll clerks perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Maintain records of employee attendance, leave and overtime to calculate pay and benefit entitlements, in Canadian and other currencies, using manual or computerized systems
B. Prepare and verify statements of earnings for employees, indicating gross and net salaries and deductions such as taxes, union dues, garnishments and insurance and pension plans
C. Prepare employee payments and benefit payments by cheque or electronic transfer
D. Complete, verify and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, leaves, share savings, employment and medical insurance
E. Prepare T4 statements and other statements
F. Provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement provisions
G. Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts
1. Public administration - 15.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 10.0%
3. Transportation and warehousing - 7.0%
4. Educational services - 6.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
6. Retail trade - 5.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. You may also need a college diploma or other courses in accounting, bookkeeping or payroll administration, or experience as a financial clerk.
3. You may need Payroll Association Certification.
4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
5. Many recent entrants have either a undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
The average hourly wages for Payroll Clerks is $17.90/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.