National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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13102 - Payroll administrators

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

  • Illustrative example(s)

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

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Benefits officer - government services (See 12104 Employment insurance and revenue officers)
    • Human resources and recruitment officers (See 12101 Human resources and recruitment officers)
    • Payroll clerk supervisor (See 12011 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers)
    • Personnel clerks (See 14102 Personnel clerks)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Maintain and update employee information, such as 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, verify and process all employee payroll related payments, including regular pay, benefit payments, and special payments such as bonuses and vacation pay
    • Complete, verify and process forms and documentation for administration of benefits such as pension plans, leaves, share savings, employment and medical insurance
    • Prepare payroll related filings and supporting documentation, such as year-end tax statements, pension, Records of Employment and other statements
    • Provide information on payroll matters, benefit plans and collective agreement provisions
    • Compile, review, and monitor statistical reports, statements, and summaries related to pay and benefits accounts
    • Prepare and balance period-end reports and reconcile issued payrolls to bank statements
    • Identify and resolve payroll discrepancies
    • May be responsible for the development and/or implementation of payroll policies, procedures or processes
  • Employment requirements

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

    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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