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Portland, Oregon


Welcome!  The Local Chapter of the American Payroll Association.

We strive to provide the most current information possible to make your payroll efforts more efficient and precise.

Please enjoy your visit and come back often, as information is always being added and updated.

 Membership Applications are now available on-line! 

The annual membership dues are $60.00.  The membership covers July through June. Complete the Membership form on our website by going to the Member Area and selecting on Member Dues.  


New article from Accountemps

What Does a Payroll Clerk Do? Find Out If You Need One

As your company grows, so does the need to hire workers. And as your payroll grows, so does the need to hire support staff. At this point, you might be asking, what does a payroll clerk do — and do I need one?

Payroll clerks, also called payroll assistants, perform a wide range of duties, primarily focused on payroll processing. In today’s tough hiring market, it can be challenging to find someone with payroll experience, so it might be necessary to offer on-the-job training. One more reason to have an answer to the question, “What does a payroll clerk do?”

In a nutshell, the job of a payroll clerk is to collect and organize time sheets, enter data related to employees and pay periods and review and process payroll. On top of that, they might answer phones, do some bookkeeping and answer questions employees have about their paychecks, from benefit deductions to vacation pay. 

The duties of a payroll clerk are typically outlined in this way:

  • Perform data entry and reconcile timecards
  • Distribute paychecks and statements to department managers
  • Answer inquiries from employees and vendors

The technical skills of a payroll clerk

As with other positions, payroll clerks should be expected to have two skill sets. Hard skills are the ability to carry out the technical and analytical functions of the job. Soft skills are the personal attributes a payroll specialist brings to the job.

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