Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 834
Number of Jobs in 2020: 879
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 5.4
Annual Openings: 21
Entry Wage: $11.89
Median Wage: $16.36
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
- Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
- Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.
- Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
- Record employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.
- Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
- Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.
- Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
- Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
- Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.
- Provide information to employees and managers on payroll matters, tax issues, benefit plans, and collective agreement provisions.
- Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.
- Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submit them to appropriate departments.
- Conduct verifications of employment.
- Complete time sheets showing employees' arrival and departure times.
- Prepare and balance period-end reports, and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements.
- Complete, verify, and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, and unemployment and medical insurance.
- Post relevant work hours to client files to bill clients properly.
- Coordinate special programs, such as United Way campaigns, that involve payroll deductions.
Indivduals currently working as Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Office Clerks, General
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks*
- Receptionists and Information Clerks
- Bill and Account Collectors
- Insurance Claims Clerks*
- Statement Clerks
- Word Processors and Typists
- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
- Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
- Data Entry Keyers
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013