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15 Free Payroll Templates

Smartsheet Contributor Andy Marker on Jul 18, 2017

Small business owners and managers have a few options when it comes to managing payroll. They can hire an accountant to assist, automate certain tasks with payroll software or an online payroll service, or take a DIY approach using a combination of tools and templates.

Payroll templates provide simple solutions for tracking employee information, organizing schedules, calculating payroll costs, and providing detailed earnings statements. This page offers a wide variety of free payroll templates that are fully customizable and easy to use. Choose from spreadsheets and forms for Microsoft Excel and Word, PDF, and Google Sheets.

We’ve also provided free payroll templates in Smartsheet, a work execution platform that empowers you to more efficiently manage your finance operations with real-time collaboration and process automation.


Payroll Management Templates

Payroll Register Template

 

Download Payroll Register Template

Excel | Smartsheet

This download offers two templates in one: a payroll register template and payroll calculator template. Use the register to track employee information such as salary, pay schedule, vacation hours, exemption status, deductions, and more. You can use the payroll calculator sheet as a pay stub, showing tax withholdings and other deductions, gross and net pay, and an itemized list of hours by type: regular, overtime, holiday, vacation, or sick time.

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Dashboard Payroll Template - Excel

 

Dashboard Payroll Template

Download Dashboard Payroll Template - Excel

Create a payroll report template with a graphical view of data to engage viewers and highlight important data. A dashboard allows you to get a quick overview of payroll metrics, compiling a range of information into a single report. This template offers a mix of graphs and charts for reviewing and managing payroll.


Employee Vacation Tracker Template - Excel

 

Employee Vacation Tracker Template

Download Employee Vacation Tracker Template - Excel

Keep track of vacation and sick hours used and accrued with this Excel payroll template. The spreadsheet is separated into sections showing hours per pay period, cumulative hours accrued, and hours currently available. This template provides a simple way to manage vacation and sick leave for each employee.


Payroll Deduction Form Template - Word

 

Payroll Deduction Form Template

Download Payroll Deduction Form Template - Word

This payroll deduction form is designed for authorizing voluntary deductions such as retirement or health care savings. You can edit the fine print to match your policies and legal requirements; employees then provide signatures to authorize the deductions.


Payroll Change Form - Word

 

Payroll Change Form Template

Download Payroll Change Form

Word | Smartsheet

Document and authorize payroll changes and reasons for the adjustments with this form. Changes may happen for a number of reasons, from starting new employment to getting a promotion or leaving a job. After completing the appropriate sections and getting required signatures, you can also add comments at the bottom of the form for further explanation.


Payroll Schedule Templates

Employee Attendance Record

 

Employee Attendance Record Template

Download Employee Attendance Record

Excel | Smartsheet

This color-coded attendance tracker shows hours worked, sick leave, vacation days, and personal time. You can view daily, weekly, and monthly employee attendance at a glance. Keeping track of scheduling and attendance can encourage employee accountability, inform performance reviews, and make planning easier.


Biweekly Payroll Schedule Template (2021-2022)

 

2021 2022 Biweekly Payroll Schedule Template

Download Biweekly Payroll Schedule Template

Excel | PDF | Smartsheet

For easy planning, create a payroll schedule showing all twelve months of the year. You can modify this simple PDF calendar to match biweekly, weekly, or monthly pay periods. The template provides a quick reference guide and can be printed for use as a wall calendar.


Employee Calendar Template - Excel

 

Employee Calendar Template

Download Employee Calendar Template - Excel

This calendar allows you to keep track of schedules, hours worked, pay rates, and income earned for multiple employees. The template shows all seven days of the week in a spreadsheet format, and calculates weekly pay for each employee as well as the total cost for all employees. You can also track the type of shift worked for each day.


Timecard Templates

Weekly Timesheet Template - Google Docs

 

Weekly Timesheet Template Google Sheet

Use Weekly Timesheet Template

Google Docs | Smartsheet

This basic weekly timesheet breaks down hours by day and type, and also calculates daily and weekly earnings. Save the template to your Google Drive account, and share with team members for easy collaboration. To create a biweekly timesheet, simply copy and paste the template onto the Google spreadsheet.


Monthly Timesheet Template

 

Monthly Timesheet Template

Download Monthly Timesheet Template

Excel | Smartsheet

This comprehensive timesheet template provides daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly timecards. The daily timesheet is useful for breaking down client hours and services provided in a single day. The monthly timesheet provides detailed information for each day of the month, including overtime and vacation hours.


Weekly Expense Report Template - Excel

 

Weekly Expense Report Template

Download Weekly Expense Report Template

Excel | Smartsheet

An expense report is similar to a timesheet in that it documents work hours and costs on a daily basis. You can use this expense report template for business travel, conference attendance, meetings with clients, or other costs accrued. You can quickly subtract advanced payments from the total reimbursement amount.


Payroll Check Templates

Printable Pay Stub Template - PDF

 

Printable Pay Stub Template

Download Printable Pay Stub Template

PDF | Smartsheet

To use this PDF pay stub template, click on the download link and fill out the form in your browser, then print. You can also download and save the PDF to your computer for repeat use. The template includes sections for employee information, taxes and other deductions, a range of pay types, hours worked, and earnings.


Payroll Statement Template - Excel

 

Payroll Statement Template

Download Payroll Statement Template - Excel

Use this template to provide employees with an earnings statement showing leave hours used and accrued, paid work hours, and an itemized list of current and annual earnings and deductions. This template offers a useful summary for employees who need to show proof of income or want to check vacation accrual, deductions paid, or other relevant information.


Corporate Payroll Check Template - Excel

 

Corporate Payroll Check Template

Download Corporate Payroll Check Template - Excel

Designed for corporate settings, this payroll check template provides traditional pay stub formatting and covers current and year-to-date payroll data. Fields are included for an employee ID number and check number for reference and easy tracking. Itemize hours by type, pay rates, and deductions for a detailed payroll check.


Blank Payroll Check Template - Word

 

Blank Payroll Check Template

Download Blank Payroll Check Template - Word

This pay stub template offers a contemporary design and ample blank space for an easy-to-read layout. All of the typical check stub fields are included, from pay period and check number to employee info and payment details. This payslip template is a simple option for those who want a Microsoft Word version.


Payroll Accuracy Is Key

Keeping accurate records is a vital aspect of payroll management. This matters not only for a company’s own reference, but also for meeting federal and state requirements. One benefit of using a payroll service is that business owners can let someone else handle the laws and regulations on maintaining records for tax withholdings, and other information that needs to be tracked. Keeping precise records can also protect employers and employees, providing documentation to help prevent legal issues and resolve conflicts. Additionally, accurate data collection makes it easy for employers to provide information on deduction amounts, vacation time accrued, and other items that employees might need.


Why Pay Stubs Still Matter

Many companies offer their employees payment options beyond the traditional paper check. Using direct deposit or providing payroll debit cards can be a smart business decision since they reduce risk and save time. However, whether you use direct deposit, prepaid cards, or another method of payment, it’s still important to provide pay stubs. Also known as a payslip, check stub, or pay advice, a pay stub shows the amount paid to an employee for a given pay period. It may also list deductions, vacation hours used or accrued, hours worked, and other information. Pay stubs provide employees with proof of income and documentation for their personal records. Pay stubs also show that an accurate, on time payment was made. Employers are responsible for providing this proof of payment for each pay period.


Payroll Template Tips

Using templates is a fast and easy way for small businesses to standardize payroll processes. The pre-formatting and automatic calculations can save time, while allowing you to make changes based on your specific needs. Deciding what information to include on your templates may raise questions about your payroll policies, especially if you are starting a new business. For instance, if it’s allowable in your state, do you permit employees to take comp time? Do you have a clear overtime policy? How do employees document travel time or other duties that could be considered “off-the-clock”? It’s imperative to define policies and train staff on the rules and options. As you select templates and begin using them, aim for:

  • Accuracy: Once you have adjusted a template to suit your business, double check all the information included to ensure that nothing has been left off. Templates should be easy for you to use and for employees to understand, so keep it simple and only include fields for entering vital information.
  • Efficiency: Will the template increase efficiency, saving you time and money, or is it just adding to a paper trail? Be sure to choose payroll templates that support your workflow.
  • Customization: Payroll templates are suitable for a range of settings, but may be especially useful to small businesses that don’t require more complex payroll management systems. Even small businesses may vary widely depending on industry, location, and size, so adjusting templates to fit your specific situation will provide finely tuned tools that you can adjust as your business changes over time.

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