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Job Description of a Timekeeper

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According to Benjamin Franklin, "Time is money." A timekeeper is responsible of keeping accurate record of an employee's time at work, so that the employee receives a paycheck. A timekeeper is also known as a payroll and timekeeping clerk.


According to the Occupational Information Network, also known as O*Net, a payroll and timekeeping clerk may calculate an employee's time worked, their production and commission. She may review time sheets and wage computations to detect and correct payroll errors. She may prepare paychecks.

National Salary

According to the May 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment and Wage data, the median annual salary for payroll and timekeeping clerks was $47,020. The median salary ranged from $30,950 to $67,600.


According to the BLS May 2020 data, the industry that employed the highest amount of payroll and timekeeping clerks was in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services. The industry that provided the highest pay was the postal service with an average salary of $68,760.


A timekeeper works within a comfortable and well-lit office or cubicle. According to O*Net, he works with 10-key calculators and desktop computers with time accounting software.


Employers seek high school graduates with typing skills, according to the BLS. A timekeeper learns skills on-the-job.


Kat Consador is a freelance writer and professional competitive Latin dancer. Her work has appeared in eHow and various online publications. She also writes for clients in small businesses, primarily specializing in SEO. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.

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