Posting Date:  03/17/2020
Job Title:  Payroll Specialist
Salary:  $25.67 – $31.63 hourly
Entity:  Pierce Transit
Closing Date:  4/1/2020


Note: This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. Application screening will take place weekly and will begin on Tuesday March 24, 2020.

Pierce Transit is an independent municipal organization dedicated to fulfilling the mission of improving people’s quality of life by providing safe, reliable, innovative and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected.

We are currently recruiting for a payroll specialist to join our finance department. This position supports the agency’s mission by providing timely and accurate validation, auditing, processing and analyzing of the Agency’s payroll. We are looking for candidates who possess excellent skills in independent judgment in the interpretation and application of payroll rules and procedures and who can perform a variety of accounting functions including maintenance and analysis of financial records and accounts.

Primary Duties

Process, audit and review Agency payroll
Interprets and applies broad range of employment laws, regulations and procedures as they relate to the payroll function
Interprets and applies collective bargaining agreements to ensure proper application of contracts
Prepare bi-weekly, quarterly and annual payroll taxes and assessments; prepares W2’s, and all other required payroll reports
Research, analyze and resolve issues relating to payroll and general accounting transactions
Assist in year-end closing and year end payroll functions
Act as a resource for employees, assist with questions, and problem resolution
Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance
Perform other duties as assigned


High school diploma or GED equivalent and one year of vocational or college-level accounting training. Must have a minimum of two years payroll experience and/or accounting experience using computerized accounting systems. Additional related experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact our recruitment office at 253-581-8095 or


Other Information

Application Instructions
To be considered for this vacancy, you must apply online:

The online application must include a chronological work and/or education history covering at least a ten-year period.
A cover letter must be submitted that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
A resume will not substitute for completing the Work Experience section of the application.
At least 3 professional references should be included with names, professional titles, and current phone numbers and/or email addresses to include a recent or current supervisor.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact our recruitment office at 253-581-8095 or

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email

Pierce Transit Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

Pierce Transit’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.