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ADP vs. Paylocity

See why ADP's all-in-one, cloud-based solution beats Paylocity.

See how ADP stacks up against Paylocity

When comparing ADP to Paylocity, you'll find an All-in-One cloud based HCM platform. But here's how ADP Workforce Now is simply better.

All-in-one ecosystem

Full HR suite (HR, talent, time, benefits administration, payroll, recruitment, and learning management) offered offered
Online recruitment with ZipRecruiter Job Slots2 offered not offered
Native background screening offered not offered
Create a report across multiple ADP Workforce Now pages, without leaving the one you’re on offered not offered
Leader in Multi-Country Payroll (MCP) Solutions PEAK by Everest Group3 offered not offered
Insurance Services e.g. workers’ comp, business and health* offered not offered
401(k) and retirement services offered not offered
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Maximize your eligible tax credit opportunities minimize your administrative burden4 offered not offered

Timely data-driven insights
Build a stronger workforce to create better business outcomes

Employee utilization dashboard offered offered
Executive & manager insights: overtime, turnover risk and more delivered right to your mobile phone offered not offered
Combination of 1 trillion compensation benchmarks: updated monthly, covering 9k job titles, and 1k industries, nationwide5 offered not offered
Unmatched benchmarking and intelligence informed by 41M employees & over 1,000,000 clients for salary, overtime, turnover and organizational structure offered not offered

Open ecosystem

Best-of-breed partners across 17 solution categories and 9 industries 800+ Partners 300+ Partners

PEO & Managed Services
From HR outsourcing and managed services to full-service Professional Employer Organization (PEO)

HR outsourcing (payroll, HR, and benefits) offered not offered
Professional employer organization (PEO) offered not offered
Professional services (for project support) offered not offered

Employee experience and engagement
Helps you get the most from your team

Top-ranked business mobile app6 #6 #24
Highly-rated mobile app6 4.7/5
based on 3.3 million reviews
based on 237 thousand reviews
Personalized lifestyle benefits: Employees choose from 150+ services that fit their lifestyle needs offered not offered
Available languages for mobile app 26 3
Talent activation, including personalized coaching for team leaders offered not offered

Unique features

Paycards plus financial wellness, offered natively offered not offered
Freelance and contractor management offered not offered
Managed payroll services offered not offered
Accountant portal helps your accountant better serve you with secure access to your data. offered not offered

Get actionable insights with superior reporting

Only ADP Workforce Now's drag-and-drop reporting tool makes it easy to pull exactly the data you need. Create custom reports on the fly and build meaningful dashboards that deliver insights to keep your business moving forward.

  • Gain a single source of truth with all of your data in a single database that unifies your entire business
  • Quickly generate reports without leaving the page you're on
  • Boost agility with machine learning and AI to power confident decision-making and meet shifting demands
  • Get unparalleled benchmarking capabilities using industry-leading market data

Why ADP is the leading choice over Paylocity


One database, securely synced

Seamlessly connect ADP Workforce Now with hundreds of popular business software applications to support automation and efficiency. ADP's robust Marketplace includes ERPs, accounting solutions, time-tracking tools, point of sale (POS) systems, productivity platforms and more. You can view the full list here.

Paylocity also has a marketplace, but it lacks many of the capabilities offered by ADP.

Customer Service

Unmatched expertise to guide implementation and beyond

Easily get started with ADP Workforce Now with in-house implementation support. Our dedicated experts can optimize the solution for your unique needs. And with over 75 years of experience, we have the agility to help you navigate challenges that come your way.

Our vetted, expert service professionals train through an award-winning program. What's more? As an ADP client you will have access to continuous learning tools and training opportunities — from personalized learning at implementation to our myLearning@ADP course library, certifications, and more.

Paylocity has 26 years of experience and also assigns clients an account management team.


Flexible options and built-in value

We know HR decision makers are looking to prove ROI quickly. That's why ADP Workforce Now offers flexible options including unlimited monthly payroll runs with per employee per month pricing. Learn about our tiered packages to see which plan fits your business best.

Paylocity also offers a variety of plans.


Manage payroll complexity with ease

Midsized businesses need confidence that their payroll software is reliable, robust and intuitive for all users. ADP’s automated solution makes it easy to process payroll and view employee-level payroll and tax information from any device, anywhere. And with multi-state as well as global payroll capabilities, freelance and independent contractor pay abilities, and our native paycard, Wisely, ADP has the tools you need as your business grows.

Paylocity does not provide freelance or contractor management, or a native paycard.


Get an all-in-one solution with robust benefits

Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency, Inc. (ADPIA®)*, an ADP® affiliate, offers impactful insurance and benefits solutions. Easily add 401(k) plans with ADP Workforce Now’s comprehensive plan integration with payroll. Let ADPIA help you explore, secure and manage the right workers’ compensation, business and group health insurance based on your unique needs.

Paylocity lacks insurance or retirement plan solutions.

HR Tools

Intuitive, advanced technology

From online recruitment with ZipRecruiter to background checks for prospective hires, ADP has the modern, user-friendly solutions midsized businesses depend on. Our top-rated mobile app puts the tools you need at your fingertips.

Paylocity does not offer ZipRecruiter job slots or native background screening for prospective hires.


Simple, intuitive drag-and-drop reporting

Quickly run reports and get the most out of your workforce data. Choose from multiple prepackaged reports and visual dashboards or easily create a custom view. You can pull in data across multiple HR platforms without ever leaving your screen with ADP's unique and simple drag-and-drop reporting tool.

Benchmark your organization against others in your industry and geography with ADP's industry-leading market data.

Learn how ADP's machine learning can help you easily uncover business-critical issues, patterns and trends from your payroll, time, human resources, talent and benefits data.

Paylocity has several pre-built visual dashboards.

Top FAQs about ADP vs. Paylocity

Why choose ADP vs Paylocity?

We've designed intuitive tools that scale with you. Easily manage payroll and HR accurately in just a few clicks, and automatically calculate and deduct taxes, health benefits and retirement contributions. Our single-database platform connects seamlessly to your existing tools and partners or hundreds of best-in-class, pre-integrated apps in the ADP Marketplace. And with 70-plus years of experience, our expertise on changing compliance rules and legislation is unmatched.

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

Switching to ADP is easy because we can support your switch at any time. There's no need to wait for a quarter or year-end to access the benefits of ADP. If you’re already processing payroll, having your employee data and required documents ready will help ensure a smooth and rapid transition. To learn more, check out our helpful guidebook: Switching Payroll Providers Made Easy.

What services are included in pricing?

ADP offers several affordable options depending on your company's size as well as on its payroll and HR requirements, so you only pay for what you need. Compare packages to see which services and features fit your business best.

What kind of customer support does ADP offer?

You'll partner with ADP's fast, friendly, and knowledgeable customer service representatives through implementation and beyond. We offer live and online support including direct access to certified service professionals Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in your local time zone. We also offer 24/7 access to our exclusive online client community to network and connect with over 50,000 ADP clients and our expert moderators.

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1. Information based on ADP internal research and is accurate as of April 24,2024 and is subject to change.

2. For organizations with up to approximately 1,000 employees.

3. Leader Multi-Country Payroll (MCP) Solutions (2013–2023) PEAK by Everest Group.

4. Paylocity offers WOTC through several partners in their marketplace.

5. Paylocity offers payroll benchmarking.

6. Based on rankings on the Apple App Store as of April 24, 2024.

*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.

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 Paylocity.

ADPIA is a registered trademark of ADP, Inc.