Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Career Video
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.
While gaining job satisfaction is important to many workers, income is important to everyone! Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks are the ones who make sure employees are paid what they’re due. Timekeeping clerks distribute and collect timesheets, timecards or work charts – either as hard copies or electronically, to ensure staff hours are properly submitted. For companies that bill clients for work by the hour, these clerks help ensure accurate tracking of hours worked and commissions. Payroll clerks enter employee data, update records when employment status changes, and review timecards for errors. They make sure to calculate and withhold taxes and other deductions, such as insurance and retirement. Attention to detail and good communication skills are important for interacting with employees at every level. Clerks find work in private companies, school systems, accounting and payroll service companies, government organizations and employment services. While some clerks have a college degree, most positions require a high school diploma and include on the job training. The accuracy and dedication required to be a good timekeeping and payroll clerk is something employers greatly depend on.