Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Attendance Clerk
  • Bonus Clerk
  • Checkman
  • Commission Clerk
  • Flight Crew Scheduler
  • Flight Crew Time Clerk
  • Human Resources Administrative Assistant (HR Administrative Assistant)
  • Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant)
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What They Do

  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
  • Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.
  • Balance cash and payroll accounts.
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.
  • Complete, verify, and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, and unemployment and medical insurance.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Ohio was $43,980 with most people making between $30,040 and $60,350

Outlook

-0.02%
avg. annual growth

During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 6,300 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 6,040 employed in 2026.

This occupation will have about -1 openings due to growth and about 581 replacement openings for approximately 580 total annual openings.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

  • John Marshall High School
    3952 WEST 140TH ST
    CLEVELAND, OH 44111

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Applied Mathematics5
Reading for Information4
Locating Information4
Writing4