Define: Payroll

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Definition: Payroll

Quick Summary of Payroll

The total wages, not including benefits, paid out by a business during each fiscal year. The term “on the payroll” means “employed by.”


Examples of Payroll in a sentence

Because that company is so small, the CFO handles the monthly payroll.
When a corporation has a very narrow operating margin, they often depend on regular sales to provide each week’s payroll.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Payroll. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. March 31, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Payroll. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: March 31, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Payroll. Retrieved March 31, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Payroll are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 14th February 2020.