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Careers: Accounting and Payroll Administrator

Overview

Accounting and payroll administration professionals ensure that company finances are properly maintained and that employees are being paid appropriately according to their salary and relevant financial regulations. Accounting training prepares candidates for jobs as pay clerks, salary administration officers, budget clerks, billing clerks, tax clerks and other roles in the finance, human resources and administration departments of both large and small companies.

Accounting and Payroll Administrator Job Description

Accounting and payroll administration professionals are well organized, detail-oriented and prepared to operate in a wide range of business environments. They possess a comprehensive knowledge of computer accounting, payroll programs and compliance regulations. Certification as a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) is an asset in this professional.

Responsibilities of an accounting and payroll administrator may include:

• Preparation of T4 and other statements
• Calculation of bills, invoices, account statements and other documents related to company finance
• Preparation of employee paycheques or payroll direct deposits
• Reconciliation of transactions between several departments
• Preparation of employee earning statements including gross and net salary, deductions, garnishments, union dues and other relevant factors
• Estimation of material and overhead costs
• Verification and processing of employee claim forms including leaves, share savings and medical insurance

Accounting and Payroll Administrator Projected Demand

Transfers, retirement and promotions are projected to produce an increase in demand for entry level accounting and payroll administrators. The average annual salary in Canada in this profession is $43,890. In some occupational environments, profit-sharing and bonuses may enhance a base salary.