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Payroll Administrator



A payroll administrator works in a support role to for the payment of wages to personnel.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Calculate time sheets/records
  • Assess deductions and additions to salary entitlements
  • Prepare banking requirements for the timely payment of wages and superannuation
  • Interpret and analyze industrial awards and salary information and remain aware of changes to benefit entitlements
  • Maintain internal wages and superannuation records
  • Prepare forecasts and budgets for salaries and wages for management reporting
  • Ensure all payroll transactions are processed timely
  • Review paperwork and import files received from Human Resources
  • Prepare submissions for 401K contributions
  • Reconcile medical, dependent care and transit reimbursement accounts with third party administrators monthly
  • Provide all information and materials requested for all payroll related audits
  • Oversee and prepare payroll records for tax purposes


What education and training is required?

Although it is not required, an associates or undergraduate degree in accounting or business/agricultural business would be beneficial to a payroll administrator.


To pursue a career as a payroll administrator:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, personal finance, business courses, computer courses and mathematics.


Where can I work?

All types of agricultural employer’s employ payroll administrators.  The role is more common in medium and larger companies. 


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a payroll administrator will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Accounting Association
  • National Society of Accountants 
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