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Payroll Clerk  What They Do

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Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Career Video



Compiles and records employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Business Finance and Accounting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reviews time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Processes paperwork for new employees and enters employee information into the payroll system.
  • Verifies attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and posts information onto designated records.
  • Computes wages and deductions, and enters data into computers.
  • Records employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.
  • Processes and issues employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Keeps track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.
  • Compiles employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Distributes and collects timecards each pay period.
  • Issues and records adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Account Clerk -- Performs a variety of duties which involve basic accounting and bookkeeping principles, including overseeing monies collected, posting to accounts and coordinating deposit activities.
  • Payroll and Benefits Specialist --