National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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1432 - Payroll clerks

Payroll clerks collect, verify and process payroll information and determine pay and benefit entitlements for employees within a department, company or other establishment. They are employed by payroll administration companies and by establishments throughout the private and public sectors.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • benefits officer
    • pay advisor
    • pay and benefits administrator
    • pay and benefits clerk
    • pay clerk
    • payroll clerk
    • payroll officer
    • salary administration officer

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Human resources and recruitment officers (1223)
    • Personnel clerks (1415)
    • Supervisors of payroll clerks (See 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers)
  • Main duties

    Payroll clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Maintain records of employee attendance, leave and overtime to calculate pay and benefit entitlements, in Canadian and other currencies, using manual or computerized systems
    • Prepare and verify statements of earnings for employees, indicating gross and net salaries and deductions such as taxes, union dues, garnishments and insurance and pension plans
    • Prepare employee payments and benefit payments by cheque or electronic transfer
    • Complete, verify and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, leaves, share savings, employment and medical insurance
    • Prepare T4 statements and other statements
    • Provide information to employees on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement provisions
    • Compile statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts
    • Prepare and balance period-end reports and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of college or other courses in accounting, bookkeeping or payroll administration
      Experience as a financial clerk is usually required.
    • Payroll association certification may be required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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