payroll pay‧roll [ˈpeɪrəʊl ǁ -roʊl] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] ACCOUNTING the total amount of wages paid to all the people working in a particular company or industry:

• The company has cut its total payroll by 7% since the merger.

• More than half the state budget goes to payroll and only 11% to public works.

2. [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES the activity of managing wage and salary payments for employees:

• The Human Resources Department is responsible for payroll administration.

3. be on the payroll HUMAN RESOURCES to be employed by a particular company:

• Under the plan, every employee on the payroll can buy 100 shares at $127.25 each.

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payroll UK US /ˈpeɪrəʊl/ noun
[C] HR a list of the employees of a company showing how much each one earns: »

The company is growing fast, and increasing the number of staff on its payroll.

[C] HR, ECONOMICS the total number of people employed by a company, or in an economy: »

The reduction in temporary hiring has led to the second successive month of falling payrolls.

[C, usually singular, or U] ACCOUNTING the total amount of money paid to the employees of a particular company: »

payroll costs


They operate with a strict $80 million payroll.


On average, firms pay 10.45% of payroll into final salary pensions.


The first thing the company must do to get out of trouble is to cut its payroll.

[U] HR the activity of managing the money that is paid to employees: »

payroll administration/records/system


His work is to manage the billing and payroll.

be on the payroll — Cf. be on the payroll

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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