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Payroll Analyst

This role is responsible for performing payroll inputs, analytical duties, auditing accounts, payroll tax reconciliation, creating and/or maintaining current process documentation, as well as ensuring adherence to all applicable local, state and federal regulations and contract requirements. This position is remote, but will be sourced in California and is essential for this role to be able to interpret statutes, policies, and agreements and independently take action in collaboration with the appropriate stakeholders, specifically within California and other states as needed.


  • Manage the delivery of key payroll projects that include obtaining an understanding of the issue, collaboration with key team members about the issues and co-development of recommendation.

  • Stay updated on changes in Federal, State and Local payroll laws and regulations, implementing necessary changes to remain compliant.  

  • Ensure that systems and processes correctly compute and record time, earnings, employee benefits, special deductions, mandated benefits, taxes, and other items that affect net pay and/or company liability.

  • Ensure exiting and newly created processes are documented, tested and reviewed regularly

  • Interface with other departments, including HR Operations, Accounting, Legal, and others, and providing proactive and responsive customer service to team members regarding payroll inquiries and issues.

  • Act as main point of contact to external groups on specific payroll data needs for incorporation in other departmental needs (i.e. invoice debits, tax refunds, etc).

  • Analyze current processes, create standard and ad hoc specialized reports as enhancements to processes; may make recommendations for process improvements.

  • Assist with account reconciliations and other payroll controls such as balancing payroll results to payroll tax returns and to year-end Form W-2 statements.

  • Conduct periodic and consistent audits of various payroll processes, procedures, transactions, etc; provide information for internal/external auditors and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Respond promptly and professionally to team member questions, educating them on payroll policies, procedures and self-service options.

Basic Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred in Business, Human Resources, Project Management, Mathematics, Accounting, Finance or related fields.

  • Proven experience in a similar role, specifically with a large organization supporting California payroll

  • 5 years minimum of relevant experience

  • Ability to manage changing priorities and work under tight deadlines, discerning appropriate sense of urgency and related impacts.

  • Strong financial acumen and analytical skills.

  • Excellent communication and negotiation abilities.

  • Knowledge of current market trends and regulatory requirements.

  • Abilities to create and manage stakeholder relationships.

Specialized Skills:

  • Experience with Workday, Dayforce, outsourced Managed Services Payroll vendor relationship

  • Technical expert in Excel and cloud-based HCM and Payroll Systems

  • Highly effective communicator, presenter, problem-solver, etc.

  • Payroll Certifications is a plus.

Travel/Physical Demands:

  • Rare or occasional travel may be required to attend business meetings, training programs, or other situations necessary for the accomplishment of some or all of the daily responsibilities of this position.

  • Job demands may require long periods of sitting and/or standing


The salary range for this role is $75,000-90,000.

Compensation is based on geographic location and individual pay decisions will vary based on demonstrated job related skills, knowledge, experience, education, certifications, etc.

Corporate Positions: In addition to the base salary, may be eligible for an annual performance bonus that is based on individual and company performance.

Onsite Property Positions: In addition to the base salary, may be eligible for a discretionary weekly, monthly and/or quarterly bonus based on budget.

Greystar seeks to attract, recruit, advance and retain top talent. Greystar’s compensation strategy is tailored to appropriately reward the skillset and experience that a team member will bring to the organization.

Robust Benefits Offered for Full-time Team Members:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life

  • 401(k) with Company Match (eligibility required) 

  • Short-term & Long-term Disability

  • Critical Illness/Accident/Hospital Indemnity Plans

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Generous Paid Time Off: Time off benefits include vacation, holidays, personal days, and sick time and parental leave

For Union and Prevailing Wage roles compensation and benefits may vary from the listed information above due to Collective Bargaining Agreements and/or local governing authority.

Greystar will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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