Payroll administrators (NOC 1432)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Payroll clerks:

  • collect, verify and process payroll information and determine pay and benefit entitlements for employees within a department, company or other establishment
  • work for payroll administration companies and by establishments throughout the private and public sectors
Common job titles
  • administrator, pay and benefits
  • adviser, pay
  • clerk, payroll accounts / pay and benefits
  • clerk, superannuation - government
  • officer, salary, benefits & pension plan
  • payroll administrator / clerk / officer


Payroll clerks:

  • maintain records of employee attendance, leave and overtime to calculate pay and benefit entitlements using manual or computerized systems
  • prepare and check statements of earnings for employees, indicating gross and net salaries and deductions such as taxes, union dues, garnishments and insurance and pension plans
  • prepare employee payments and benefit payments by cheque or electronic transfer
  • complete, check and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, leaves, share savings, employment and medical insurance
  • prepare T4 statements and other statements
  • provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement provisions
  • collect statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts
  • prepare and balance period-end reports and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.