Payroll Administrator Degrees: Career Diploma & Online Training

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Payroll administrators and payroll technicians are charged with ensuring that employee paychecks are on time and accurate. Graduates of a Payroll Administration Diploma program can be found in all industries, many working for temporary employment agencies and payroll service companies. Graduates with a Payroll Administrator Diploma can find themselves working as payroll administrators, payroll clerks, payroll technicians, or timekeeping clerks. A diploma in Payroll Administration lends itself to learning a variety of skills including accounting, data-entry, coding, and tax law procedures. Read on to find out more.
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Why Earn a Degree in Payroll Administration?

Payroll administrators play a very important role in all organizations-making sure employees are paid on time and accurately. If and when inaccuracies occur, payroll administrators are also responsible for researching and correcting paycheck errors. Because everyone needs to get paid, payroll administrators can be found within almost every organization, corporation, company, or nonprofit agency.

Career Possibilities

Career Outlook for Payroll Administrators

Graduates with a Payroll Administration Diploma can expect an average growth in employment opportunities over the next decade but will have an advantage over their non-certified colleagues, as those with diplomas and certifications in the field tend to acquire the best positions.

Salary Information for Payroll Administrators

Salaries for payroll administrators tend to vary dramatically depending on region of the country and employer. For 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that payroll administrators and technicians earned average salaries of $30,350.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Required for Payroll Administrators

Payroll administrators should be detail-oriented and able to troubleshoot errors successfully. Students earning a Payroll Administrator Diploma will study some of the following coursework:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Applications for Payroll
  • Data-entry
  • Payroll Coding
  • Tax Laws and Procedures: State and Federal

Payroll Administration Skills Learned

Upon completion of a Payroll Administration Diploma program, students will have the following skills:

  • Accounting and payroll entry
  • Coding and processing
  • Data-entry and database management

Popular Schools

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    1. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Management
      • Master's in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S. - Emphasis in International Business
    Associate's
      • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Accounting
      • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Audit Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Government Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Finance Specialization
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Tax Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Bachelor: Public-General Accountancy
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Ohio Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Dual Degree - MBA & Masters of Ministry
      • Master of Arts in Leadership - Business Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Criminal Justice Administration
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Emergency Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Human Resources
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting & Healthcare Mgmt.
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MBA: Finance
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Accountancy, MAcc
      • Finance Concentration, MBA
      • Master of Business Administration, MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting, BBA
      • Business, BBA
      • Accounting Fraud Investigation, BBA
      • Finance, BBA
    Certificate
      • Managerial Accounting, GRC
      • Forensic Accounting, Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS: Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Information Systems: Accounting Information Systems
      • BS: Business Administration
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business

Featured Schools

Florida Tech

  • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting
  • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
  • Master's in Business Administration/Finance

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Business Administration, A.S.

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Purdue University Global

  • Master - Accounting
  • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy

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Ohio Christian University

  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Associate of Science - Accounting
  • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

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Grand Canyon University

  • MBA: Accounting
  • MBA: Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy, MAcc
  • Accounting, BBA
  • Managerial Accounting, GRC

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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