Payroll Clerk Courses

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What does a Payroll Clerk do?

A Payroll Clerk processes wage and salary payments for employees in both large and small businesses. You’ll collect information from timesheets or electronic sign-in systems to determine payments and you’ll have to calculate things like overtime, shift allowances, superannuation contributions and tax deductions. Payroll Clerks need to maintain employee records and may have to respond to enquiries about employee payments.

Payroll Clerks need to be able to follow correct procedures to ensure all staff are paid correctly. You’ll need to have good attention to detail and be skilled in a range of administrative tasks. Payroll Clerks will usually use electronic payment systems so you’ll have to be able to work with technology. You’ll need a strong understanding of current industrial awards relating to your workplace.

Payroll Clerk Courses

There are 5 courses available for people who want to become a Payroll Clerk.

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How much does a Payroll Clerk earn?

In Australia, a full time Payroll Clerk generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Payroll Clerk?

The number of people working as a Payroll Clerk has grown very strongly in recent years. There are currently 40,000 people employed in this role in Australia compared to 33,000 five years ago. Payroll Clerks may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Payroll Clerk?

If you’re interested in a career as a Payroll Clerk you could enrol in a Certificate III in Accounts Administration. This course will provided the knowledge and skills you need to process employment payments and maintain employee records. You could also enrol in a Certificate III in Business or a Certificate III in Business Administration.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within accounting, bookkeeping and payroll. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.