CPPs Earn More,
According to Salary Survey
APA's 2015 Survey of Salaries and the Payroll Profession paints a detailed picture of the payroll landscape. Here are a few metrics from the recently completed biennial survey:
- Only about 10% of payroll is delivered by paper paycheck at APA members' organizations.
- About 20% of respondents pay expatriate employees in at least one foreign country.
- Certified Payroll Professionals (CPP) earn more than their uncertified counterparts. Among several top leadership positions, CPP pay averages 11% more.
- One in three organizations has been involved in a merger, acquisition, or divestiture within the last two years.
For the first time, the 2015 survey was conducted electronically, leading to a higher response rate and strong data validity.
The 2015 Survey of Salaries and the Payroll Profession
presents results in an electronic publication. APA members can download the free e-book
as a benefit of membership. See how you and your operations fit into the payroll big picture!
Confidently Screen Job
When there's an open position on the payroll team, many managers like to get personally involved in the hiring process. They want to review the applicants' qualifications, check out their references, and interview them once or twice in the process of making an informed decision. Savvy managers also like to get a second opinion on the candidates from a neutral third party: APA's payroll knowledge assessments.
The assessments are effective tools for screening all job candidates, but they are especially valuable for sizing up applicants who do not hold a payroll certification. Assessments can just as easily reveal a knowledgeable individual as they can detect those with gaps in their knowledge.
For assessing payroll knowledge, there are three levels of assessment:
- Concepts and Terms
- Fundamental Payroll Practices
- Compliance, Administration, and Operations
Each online assessment allots one hour to answer 50 questions, testing your current level of knowledge in six core areas:
- Payroll fundamentals and operations
- Fundamentals for calculation of paychecks
- Tax and regulatory compliance
- Payroll and supporting systems
- Management and administration
Add an integral piece to your hiring process -- purchase payroll knowledge assessments
Builds Payroll Knowledge
Take payroll's comprehensive resource text, The Payroll Source®, combine it with two volumes that contain the payroll-related sections of applicable federal laws and regulations, and what do you get? You get one bookshelf packed with payroll power.
APA's Book Combo includes The Payroll Source®, Federal Payroll Tax Laws and Regulations, and Federal Payroll Non-Tax Laws and Regulations, and is the perfect resource for keeping your company in compliance.
Federal Payroll Tax Laws and Regulations contains the exact language of payroll-relatedsections of the Internal Revenue Code and IRS Regulations. Federal Payroll Non-Tax Laws and Regulations contains the exact language of the payroll-related sections of federal laws and regulations from the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. A perfect companion to Federal Payroll Tax Laws and Regulations, this manual allows you to quickly reference the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Immigration Reform and Control Act, Social Security Act, the DOL white collar exemption regulations, and more.
Beef up your payroll library -- order your Book Combo today!
It Pays to Know
In the decade before 1920, office technology was already being used to print the payroll, write and sign paychecks, and address envelopes, among other uses.
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Source: The History of Payroll in the U.S.
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