What does a Payroll Administrator do?

A payroll administrator is tasked with making sure a company’s payroll process runs smoothly. That means ensuring that hours worked get recorded accurately, employees are paid correctly and on time and the business is compliant with relevant tax rules and other laws.

A payroll administrator must also be available to assist employees who experience problems with their pay or need to make a change, whether it’s a new address or adjusting their withholdings. The payroll administrator will also typically be in charge of educating employees about their pay and benefits and any changes to the process.

Because payroll touches many parts of a business, the payroll administrator is usually expected to liaise closely with other departments, like HR or IT. In some cases, such as in the event of an audit, the payroll administrator may be required to work with federal, state or local authorities.

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