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. 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
      • MBA: Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Tax Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Bachelor: Public-General Accountancy
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master of Finance
      • MS - Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Managerial Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Public Accounting
      • Masters in Accounting
      • Masters in Business Administration - Public Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Finance
      • Masters in Business Administration - Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Managerial Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Public Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Louisiana State University Shreveport

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance Specialization
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MBA: Finance
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Arts in Law - Business
      • Master of Arts in Law - Wealth Management/Financial Planning
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance and Investing
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Kindom Business
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Government
      • Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Government Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Notre Dame de Namur University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Business Administration

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master - Accounting
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Associate: Accounting

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Colorado State University Global

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  • BS - Accounting
  • Graduate Specialization - Accounting

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Brenau University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Managerial Accounting
  • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Managerial Accounting

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Saint John's University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
  • Master of Science in Taxation

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Louisiana State University Shreveport

  • Master of Business Administration with a General Business Specialization
  • Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration
  • Master of Business Administration - Finance Specialization

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • MBA: Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Regent University

  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
  • Master of Arts in Law - Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Government Analytics

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