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Payroll Services

SIC 8721 | NAICS 541214

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Payroll & Bookkeeping Services  (view report)
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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key ratios and statistics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Publications available from this trade association include:

Monthly trade journal features news and information for payroll industry professionals, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including payroll management, industry and professional trends, new tax legislation and compliance developments, technology updates, professional development, company case studies, and more. Sample digital edition of the magazine can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Monthly e-magazine features the latest news and information for association members, with topics covered in various issues including news on tax legislation and compliance developments, technology updates, practice resources and references, upcoming industry events, vendor and member news, buyer's guides, and more. Current and archived issues of the e-magazine can be downloaded and viewed free online.

APA Survey of Salaries and the Payroll Profession
Biennial member survey provides a comprehensive overview of the profession, with topics covered including organization characteristics, average starting and current staff salaries, staffing levels and characteristics, processing methods and statistics, department functions, in-house processing systems, and outsourced processing. Survey is accessible to members as a free e-book; prior survey can be viewed free online.

First Research
Payroll Services

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

IDC Corporate USA
U.S. Payroll Outsourcing Services

IDC study examines the market for payroll outsourcing services and provides a five-year forecast for this sector, with topics covered in the study including HR services market, components of the payroll process, market share for top four providers, future outlook, forecast and assumptions, market context, essential guidance, and related research. Summary description and table of contents can be viewed free online.

Targeting Payroll Outsourcing

Comprehensive market report analyzes the global market for payroll business process outsourcing, with topics covered including current and future market; customer requirements; benefits/results provided by vendors; services being purchased; technologies and platforms; size and growth of outsourcing market by geographic region, industry, and market segment; vendor selection criteria; and vendor challenges and critical success factors. Summary of key findings and table of contents are available free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Payroll Services

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

Robert Half
Accounting and Finance Salary Guide

Annual salary guide provides average starting salary ranges for various accounting and finance positions, including payroll personnel. Online salary calculator can be used to estimate the average starting salary range for specific job positions in a local market, with selection criteria including zip code, job category, position level, and company size based on annual revenues. All information is available free online.

APA Survey of Salaries and the Payroll Profession

Biennial member survey provides a comprehensive overview of the profession, with information provided in the compensation section including average starting and current base salaries by specific job position for management, administrator/practitioner, technical/professional, and systems and information technology personnel. Survey is accessible to members as a free e-book; prior survey can be viewed free online.

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