ADP vs. Paychex

When you compare industry leaders side-by-side, small businesses get a payroll solution packed with added value when they choose ADP.

Get these tools with ADP, but not with Paychex

Payroll & HR    
COVID-19 "return to workplace" in-product tool for employee availability, health attestation and tracking, at no additional fee not offered
Job postings via ZipRecruiter® not offered
One-stop partner marketplace, where clients can search, compare, activate and pay for apps (time, HR, accounting & more) not offered
Job description wizard, at no additional fee not offered
Award-winning (Golden Bridge Award, Stevie Award) portal that connects your accountant to your payroll not offered
G2 rating peer review 4.5 (of 5) stars or higher not offered
Over 70 years of payroll experience not offered
Option to fund payroll with a business credit card and extend payment up to 30 days, depending on billing cycle (via an ADP Marketplace partner) not offered
Single invoice billing that combines ADP payroll and complementary partner services not offered
Access to free and discounted legal services (provided by third party) not offered

Why choose ADP over Paychex

User satisfaction ratings

See how customers rated ADP vs. Paychex on G2, the world's leading business software review platform, in the categories that matter most.2

Ease of use

vs. Paychex 87%

Performance and Reliability

vs. Paychex 89%


vs. Paychex 88%

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Get valuable tools, included only with RUN Powered by ADP®

With RUN's payroll and HR package, you will receive features that go above and beyond what you get with other providers. Customers get an average of $8k per year in added value with services that help them keep their businesses growing, hire new staff, train their teams, and much more.

  • Access to ZipRecruiter® hiring platform
  • Employee and employer HR training
  • Employee assistance program
  • Google Ads simple setup & management
  • Legal assistance from Upnetic Legal Services
    (powered by Legal Club®)4

Why ADP is the leading choice over Paychex


More added value

When you purchase RUN Powered by ADP, you get valuable HR tools in addition to robust payroll software. This added value means our payroll solution can actually save you money compared to other providers. Learn about our payroll packages to see which plan fits your business best.

Paychex also offers a variety of payroll plans with pricing based on total number of employees.


Attract more qualified job candidates

With ZipRecruiter®, you can post jobs to 100+ job boards and social media sites in one click, and easily manage, screen and identify top candidates – all in one place. ADP's job description wizard also creates customized job descriptions based on an extensive database.

Paychex does not offer integration with ZipRecruiter, and additional costs may apply for its job description tool.


Automate payroll in minutes

Payroll software should be simple and intuitive for all users. ADP’s automated solution makes it easy to process payroll and taxes in minutes from any device, anywhere. And with two-day processing cycles (without assigned direct deposit limits), you can rest easy that your employees are paid quickly.

Paychex also offers payroll from any device.


Benefits plans that work for you

Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency, Inc. (ADPIA®)*, an ADP® affiliate provides easy access to impactful insurance and benefits solutions. Let ADPIA help you explore, secure and manage the right workers’ compensation, business and group health insurance based on your unique needs. In addition, by becoming an ADP payroll client, you may be able to integrate and simplify your insurance and benefits administration.

ADP offers a range of retirement plans** for your workforce to help your employees become retirement ready and prepare for life's financial challenges. We leverage innovative technology to transform time-consuming administrative tasks and provide mobile-enabled solutions that give you and your workforce plan access – virtually anywhere.

Paychex also offers health insurance and retirement plans.

HR Tools

Intuitive, modern tools

From an award-winning payroll portal to in-product COVID-19 “return to the workplace” tools, ADP has all the user-friendly solutions you need to keep up with the speed of business today. Plus, our free mobile app puts the data you need at your fingertips.

Paychex does not offer a COVID-19 "return to the workplace" in-product tool for employee availability, health attestation and tracking, at no additional fee.

Customer Service

Unmatched expertise

From onboarding to compliance support, ADP provides dedicated customer service for all new clients as well as 24/7 live support anytime you need it. And with 70 years of experience, we have the agility to help clients navigate payroll and HR challenges that come their way.

Paychex also offers dedicated customer support.

Top FAQs about ADP vs. Paychex

Why choose ADP?

ADP offers the most flexible, scalable options when it comes to payroll software. We offer hundreds of third-party integrations through ADP Marketplace to meet your unique business needs. We also provide expert customer support to help you stay compliant with changing labor rules and regulations.

How long does ADP payroll set up take?

Running payroll with ADP is simple. As soon as your employer and employee tax documents are ready and you have a business bank account, with ADP, you can set up your payroll in minutes. Log into your ADP account from any device and enter your payroll information. To save time, you can also have employees enter their own information. After you’ve confirmed your employee hours, make any necessary adjustments, such as overtime, bonuses earned or contractor payments. View the demo for RUN Powered by ADP to see how quick and simple small business payroll can be.

What services are included in pricing?

With ADP, our affordable pricing depends on a company’s size as well as on its payroll and HR requirements — that way you only pay for what you need. Compare packages to see which payroll plan fits your business needs best.

Is it easy to switch to ADP from my current payroll provider?

Switching to ADP is painless because we transfer your employee data for you. We provide dedicated onboarding new client support and helpful training to help ensure a smooth and rapid transition. And ADP can support your switch any time of year — you don’t have to wait for the start of a new quarter or a new year. For more helpful tips on switching payroll, see our guidebook, Switching payroll providers made easy.

What level of customer support does ADP offer?

Whether you need help with implementation or meeting day-to-day payroll and HR challenges, with ADP you get 24/7 access to HR and payroll experts. Consider ADP’s certified, friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives to be an extension of your HR department. With ADP, we’ve got your back.

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1. Information based on ADP internal research and is accurate as of April 26, 2021 and is subject to change.

2. G2 user review data from April 26, 2021.

3. Legal services are provided by Upnetic Legal Services powered by Legal Club® (of America), a third-party provider.

4. ADP’s Pay-by-Pay® Premium Payment Program, is a payroll enhancement feature of ADP’s payroll processing service and does not involve the offer or sale of insurance products. Clients must be using ADP’s tax filing service to take advantage of the Pay-by-Pay Premium Payment Program.

*Insurance products will be offered and sold only through ADPIA, its licensed agents or its licensed insurance partners; 1 ADP Blvd. Roseland, NJ 07068. CA license #0D04044. Licensed in 50 states. All services may not be available in all states.

**Only registered representatives of ADP Broker-Dealer, Inc. (Member FINRA), an affiliate of ADP, Inc, One ADP Blvd, Roseland, NJ, may offer and sell ADP retirement products or speak to retirement plan features and/or investment options available in any ADP retirement product.

ADP, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer investment, tax or legal advice to individuals. Nothing contained in this communication (or website) is intended to be, nor should be construed as, particularized advice or a recommendation or suggestion that you take or not take a particular action. ADP, Inc. and its affiliates are not affiliated with Gusto, Paychex or QuickBooks Payroll.

ADPIA is a registered trademarks of ADP, Inc.