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How do I add bonuses, commissions or other types of earnings to Zenefits Payroll?

Here are instructions for entering hours for anyone who doesn't use Time and Attendance, or for entering any other earnings that aren't regular wages (bonus, commission, etc).

Add One-time Earnings to Payroll

To add earnings (hours, bonus, commission) to one paycheck in a regularly scheduled pay run.

  1. Click Pay Runs in the top menu bar.
  2. Click the name of the upcoming pay run you want to add this earning to in the Drafts list.
  3. Click on Edit next to someone's name to open their paystub for the run.
  4. Under Earnings, click +Add New Earnings.
  5. Select the type of earnings:
    • Choose Regular Earnings to enter the number of hours for an hourly worker. Zenefits Payroll will use the hourly rate in Zenefits to calculate hourly earnings based on the number of hours entered.
    • Or, choose another Earnings type, e.g., commission or bonus and enter the amount.
  6. Click Save (at the bottom of the paystub).
  7. Repeat steps 3-6  as necessary.

Add Recurring Earnings

To add recurring earnings to paychecks going forward, enter them in the pay template:

  1. Click People in the top menu bar.
  2. Click on a name in the list to open up their details.
  3. Under Earnings, click +Add New Earnings.
  4. Select the type of earnings:
    • Choose Regular Earnings to enter the number of hours for an hourly worker. Zenefits Payroll will use the hourly rate in Zenefits to calculate hourly earnings based on the number of hours entered.
    • Choose another Earnings type, e.g., commission or bonus and enter the amount.
  5. Make sure to click Save each time a new item is added.

Learn more about using pay templates to edit pay.

Variable Compensation

In order to utilize variable compensation in Zenefits Payroll, you must add the additional earning amount into the individual profile and set up the earning pay type.

If you have both HR & Payroll admin permissions, you'll be prompted to select the Earnings Name from a drop-down when setting up the variable compensation. This can managed at any time from the Settings tab of the Hiring app.

The Earnings Name selected will be the same in Pay Types.

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