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Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks - 43-3051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant)
  • Payroll Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payroll Coordinator
  • Payroll Representative
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Payroll Technician
  • Personnel Assistant
  • Personnel Technician
  • Timekeeper

SOC Occupation Groups

43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations
43-3000 Financial Clerks
43-3050 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
43-3051.00 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Related Occupations


  • Balance cash and payroll accounts.
  • Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts, and submit them to appropriate departments.
  • Complete time sheets showing employees' arrival and departure times.
  • Complete, verify, and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits, such as pension plans, and unemployment and medical insurance.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Conduct verifications of employment.
  • Coordinate special programs, such as United Way campaigns, that involve payroll deductions.
  • Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
  • Issue and record adjustments to pay related to previous errors or retroactive increases.
  • Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.
  • Keep track of leave time, such as vacation, personal, and sick leave, for employees.
  • Post relevant work hours to client files to bill clients properly.
  • Prepare and balance period-end reports, and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements.
  • Prepare and file payroll tax returns.
  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Provide information to employees and managers on payroll matters, tax issues, benefit plans, and collective agreement provisions.
  • Record employee information, such as exemptions, transfers, and resignations, to maintain and update payroll records.
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Train employees on organizations' timekeeping systems.
  • Verify attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments, and post information onto designated records.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Calculate financial data.
  • Check data for recording errors.
  • Compile data or documentation.
  • Coordinate operational activities.
  • Distribute materials to employees or customers.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Execute sales or other financial transactions.
  • File documents or records.
  • Maintain current knowledge related to work activities.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare financial documents.
  • Prepare research or technical reports.
  • Provide information to coworkers.
  • Reconcile records of sales or other financial transactions.
  • Record personnel information.
  • Train others in operational procedures.
  • Verify employee information.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Administrative Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Administrative Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Administrative Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Resource Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Basic Financial Management Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Command Pay and Personnel Administrator (CPPA) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Disbursing Clerk (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Disbursing Clerk Tracking NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Disbursing Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Finance Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Finance Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management and Comptroller Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management Resource Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Financial Management Technician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Financial Manager (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Flag Officer Writer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Human Resources Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Human Resources Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Navy Reserve Order Writing System (NROWS) Orders Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Office Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pay Clerk (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pay Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pay Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Personnel (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Specialist Advanced Disbursing Operations (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Reserve Pay and Personnel Management (RPPM) Clerk (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Administrative Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Administrative Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Administrative Office Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (Military Only) (Alternate Title: Finance Specialist)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Flight-Crew-Time Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Timekeeper