Salaries for Payroll Specialists in California

Wondering what you could expect to get paid working as a payroll specialist within cities in California, particularly cities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties?

Read below! reports that the average salary of a payroll specialist in Ontario is $35,000. This translates to about $16.82 an hour.

Payroll specialists in Redlands are paid slightly less than those who work in Ontario: $34,000 a year. Those who work in Riverside make an average salary of $38,000.

Work in San Bernardino as a payroll specialist and you’ll make the same as someone working in Ontario: $35,000.

You may think that working as a payroll specialist in Los Angeles is a better option. After all, according to, Los Angeles payroll specialists make $43,000. But if you live in the Inland Empire region, you also need to factor in the time and cost of commuting to that higher-paying Los Angeles job – gas and insurance, plus the commuting time can make a real dent in that few thousand dollar difference.

Researchers have found that commutes of more than 40 minutes each way have a very negative impact on an individual’s quality of life. Therefore making a few thousand more a year truly may not be worth the negative impact on your life if you live more than 40 minutes from your employer.

Should you decide to move closer to Los Angeles to cut that commute time, your housing costs will be much higher. According to, housing costs are 45 percent less in the Riverside/San Bernardino area than in Los Angeles. Healthcare costs also are 6 percent higher in Los Angeles.

So while the higher salary may look better, you’re probably better off in both your quality of life as well as your finances working close to where you live.

That’s why, if you’re an experienced payroll specialist looking for work in the Inland Empire, we encourage you to contact the recruiters at Arrow Staffing. We can help you find work with some of the region’s top employers – and you won’t have to drive west in the morning along the 91, 60, 10 or 210 to do so! Contact us today.

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