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8 Best Construction Payroll Software in 2022


We’ve looked at pricing, features, ease of use, and other criteria to determine the best payroll for construction software providers. Explore our guide to find the right one for your business.

Well-running payroll for construction can help you save time and money by making calculations easier, filing accurate taxes and reports, and organizing job costs. The best construction payroll software have specific reports and job codes for the construction industry. We examined 17 providers and chose the top eight based on features, price, and other criteria.

  • ADP Run: Best overall payroll software for construction
  • Rippling: Best for high-tech construction businesses, such as those involved in engineering or architectural projects
  • eBacon: Best for dealing with government contracts, unions, and labor
  • Gusto: Best for subcontractors and companies with private contracts wanting easy payroll software
  • Paylocity: Best for midsize construction companies
  • QuickBooks Payroll: Best for QuickBooks users
  • Viventium: Best for customized solutions
  • Payroll4Construction: Best for construction-specific reporting

Best Payroll Software for Construction Companies Compared

ADP Run: Best Overall Construction Payroll Software

ADP Run

ADP Run logo

Overall Score: 4.23
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Grows with your business
  • New hire support includes background checks
  • Union payroll features
  • Certified payroll

What’s Missing

  • ADP Run mobile app not well-rated
  • Limited construction reports

ADP Run Pricing

  • Starts at $59 + $4 per employee, per month, for DIY
  • Call for quote for specialized services
  • May have setup fee
  • May require contract

ADP Run is one of the best-known providers for both HR and payroll, and it offers strong features for the construction industry as well. It’s a good choice for small, midsized, and large companies, particularly those needing benefits and HR features. Plus, it can grow from a DIY solution, if you’re just starting out with a few workers, to a full-scale PEO if you’d like to outsource all your payroll and HR needs

ADP earned 4.23 out of 5 stars. It offers advanced reporting and compliances, as well as strong payroll features. Like eBacon and Payroll4Construction, among others, it can provide certified payroll. Like Gusto, it has hiring and onboarding features, but also has background check capability. Also of special note are the pay cards, a great benefit for workers who don’t have bank accounts. Only eBacon and Gusto also provide these, though Paylocity and Viventium offer them through a third party. ADP lost points for not having fully transparent pricing and offering some features (like construction-specific reporting) only in higher plans or as add-ons. It also charges by pay run.

ADP Run Pricing

In most cases, you have to contact ADP for a specific quote. If you start with the DIY version, it starts at $59 per month + $4 per employee. Prices may be higher for construction companies needing specialized payroll or reports. It has setup fees as well but sometimes waives these or offers the first few months free. Like most on our list, it charges extra for specific features, but customizes the quote.

ADP Run Features

  • Payroll: Like most of the providers on our list, ADP Run handles automated pay runs and has two-day direct deposit and the ability to pay contractors and hourly and salary employees. It’s one of the few that includes pay cards (check Gusto, eBacon, Paylocity, or Viventium if you want to pay extra). It offers an employee portal with computer and mobile access and PTO tracking. Like Gusto, Payroll4Construction, and eBacon, its time-tracking includes geofencing, which is handy for on-site workers.
  • Tax filing: Plans include tax filing at federal, state, and local levels (as opposed to QuickBooks, which does not do local taxes in its basic plan). Like most services, it sends W2s and 1099s. Of special note is its penalty-free guarantee if ADP makes an error. Not every payroll service has this. (QuickBooks Payroll has a better guarantee in its upper-tier plan.)
  • Construction-specific tools: Like several payroll providers, ADP lets you manage multiple pay rates and has multistate, union-specific, and job costing tools. However, unlike Payroll4Construction and eBacon, for construction-specific reports, you may need to make them or pay extra for them to be included.
  • HR: ADP excels here with a full HR suite that can start with onboarding, workers’ comp, new hire reporting, and document management, but expand to include access to expert advisers 24/7, an HR handbook wizard, ZipRecruiter job posting, background checks, and more. It offers benefits from major suppliers and can expand to a full professional employer organization if you want to outsource your HR fully.
  • Ease of Use: ADP users give it 4.42 out of 5 stars across the board for overall functionality, ease of use, and customer service. It provides live phone support at no extra cost, a dedicated representative (with a premium plan), how-to guides, and software integrations.
  • Mobile: The ADP Run app runs payroll, manages employees, submits tax notices, retrieves HR documents, and lets you view insurance policies. It has 2.8 out of 5 stars on Android and 2.2 out of 5 on iOS. For a better app for managers, consider Paylocity which combines its manager and employee app. There is also an employee app with time tracking, time sheets, viewing pay stubs and pay card accounts, benefits information, and more. It has 4.5 out of 5 on Android and 4.7 out of 5 on iOS.

Read our full ADP Run review

Rippling: Best for High-tech Construction Firms

Rippling

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Overall Score: 4.13
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Multistate and labor costing
  • Integrates with 500+ apps
  • Handles local as well as state and federal taxes
  • Unlimited pay runs

What’s Missing

  • Best for under 1,000 employees
  • Help desk and compliances extra
  • Time tracking costs extra

Rippling Pricing

  • Call for quote
  • Begins at $8 per employee for HR package; $16 per employee/month for HR and Payroll

Rippling is a highly adaptable payroll program that fits the construction industry, but is especially useful for construction companies that do a lot of high-tech design and engineering. It starts with an employee management program that includes a database, onboarding, document management, reporting, and API integrations for over 500 programs. Then, you can add modules, including full-service payroll that works in all 50 states and IT management tools. It also allows you to pay contractors, although there’s no contractor-only plan (only Gusto provides that), and files 1099s.

Ripping earned 4.13 out of 5 stars on our rubric. It does not promote itself for the construction industry, but handles compliance, offers a large library of pre-built reports or allows you to create your own, and has job codes you can customize not only for work but also for unions, which sets it above Gusto. The price overall is still excellent, especially since it allows unlimited pay runs, unlike Payroll4Construction. Rippling boasts a user satisfaction score of 4.9 out of 5 stars, the highest on our list. It lost points because it charges extra for year-end report prep and access to experts and lacks a pay card option like Gusto, ADP, or eBacon.

Rippling Pricing

While other software may charge for add-ons, only Rippling has a fully modular system. Further, Rippling does not offer its payroll module by itself. First, you must purchase the HR module at $8 per employee, per month, then add other modules as needed. Below are some prices we were quoted for individual modules; however, you can get a custom quote that may reduce the prices when purchasing several.

  • Full-service payroll: $8 per employee monthly
  • Employee benefits: $6 per employee monthly
  • Flex HSA/FSA and commuter benefits: $6 per employee monthly
  • HR help desk: $100 per month
  • App management: $8 per employee monthly
  • Device management: $8 per employee monthly

Rippling Features (Depending on modules purchased)

  • Payroll: Unlike the other software on our list, Rippling’s payroll is a module you must purchase separately. It offers unlimited and automatic pay runs, two-day direct deposit, the ability to pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees and multiple pay rates. Like ADP, it allows for international payroll, but only for contractors. Time tracking is a separate module as well.
  • Tax filing: Rippling is like nearly all the payroll providers on our list, offering federal, state, and local tax filing plus year-end report prep and delivery for W2s and 1099s.
  • Construction-specific tools: Rippling offers multiple pay rates for jobs or states, use job codes for union tracking, job costing—pretty typical of most of the providers on our list, although Gusto and QuickBooks don’t have union tracking.
  • HR: The main module includes employee onboarding, analytics, a workforce directory, e-signature management and a mobile app. The benefits module costs extra (unlike Gusto or Paylocity) and includes new hire filing and employee self-service. Both access to expert advisers and ACA and COBRA administration are also additional modules.
  • Ease of Use: Rippling has the highest user review score of all the software on our list, with 4.9 out of 5 stars overall. It has an intuitive interface, how-to guides, an extreme number of integration possibilities, and quick problem resolution. However, it lacks a dedicated representative like ADP, Gusto, or Viventium, and live phone support costs extra.
  • Mobile: Unlike others on our list, Rippling has two apps. The time clock app costs extra. The HR app lets you request time off, check pay stubs, log in to other apps, and keep team info. It has 4.2 out of 5 stars on both Android and iOS.

Read our full Rippling review

eBacon: Best for Diverse Contracts

eBacon

eBacon logo

Overall Score: 4.06
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Can assign different pay rates during a single day
  • Takes advantage of tax-free fringe pay
  • Certified payroll
  • Handles most compliance reports

What’s Missing

  • Annual pricing, not transparent
  • May not file state new hire reports
  • Few HR tools beyond compliances

eBacon Pricing

  • Call for quote
  • No setup fee
  • Annual fee structure

eBacon is specifically designed to address the issues of construction companies. It offers certified payroll, compliance reports, fringe benefit management, and more. We recommend it for construction management companies that handle diverse contracts because it provides all the tools to meet the needs of government contracts, but works just as well for private jobs.

eBacon earned 4.06 out of 5 on our rubric. It is by far the most precise payroll software on our list. It can track multiple wage rates in a single day for an employee depending on the job. It’s the only service on our list that offers a fringe benefits trust fund from which employees can take cash advances. Plus, it offers a plethora of reports specific to the job, even for meeting city compliances, which may beat ADP. However, for general HR tools, such as hiring or performance management, you’re better off with ADP.

eBacon Pricing

You need to call eBacon for a quote. It will discuss your needs, set up a demo, refine, and then give you a proposal. We received a very general quote of $1,700 annually for a payroll of 15 employees, plus contractors, and tracking subcontractors. There is a setup fee, which would depend on the training and complexity of the setup. eBacon does not have contracts but does work on an annual fee structure.

eBacon Features

  • Payroll: Unlike the rest of the providers in our list (except Payroll4Construction), eBacon is made for construction with certified payroll, prevailing wage reporting, fringe pay trust funds (to take advantage of tax benefits), and city-shifting calculations. Like Gusto and ADP, it offers pay cards in addition to direct deposit. It alone boasts eight ways to track time, handling multiple wage rates for a single employee on a single job in a single day.
  • Tax filing: Tax features are typical—federal, state, and local taxes and year-end report prep and delivery of W2s and 1099s.
  • Construction-specific tools: eBacon offers multiple job designations at multiple pay grades, union employee reports, and government contracting reports (WH347, EEO, city-specific reports). Only Payroll4Construction also meets these specific construction needs without paying for customization.
  • HR: Our rep was not sure if eBacon files state new hire reports, although he did assure us it can handle garnishments. If this is vital, get verification or consider a payroll service like ADP. Unlike ADP, Rippling, and QuickBooks, it does not have benefits management, although it can process the payments in payroll.
  • Ease of Use: Real-world users give eBacon 4.77 out of 5 stars, praising the ease of use especially for certified payroll and construction-specific reports as well as responsive customer service. It lost a few points on our rubric for lacking a customizable interface and not having online help guides.
  • Mobile: eBacon only has a time clock app, TAG. It has a 3.5 on Android and 4.7 on iOS. If you want a full employee app, consider ADP.

Gusto: Best for Subcontractors & Small Government Contractors

Gusto

Gusto logo

Overall Score: 4.00
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Contractor-only plan
  • Popular, very easy to use
  • Two-day and next-day direct deposit
  • Manages federal, state, local taxes

What’s Missing

  • No certified payroll
  • Health benefits for 39 states only
  • No union payroll codes

Gusto Pricing

  • Core: $39 per month + $6 per employee monthly
  • Complete: $39 per month + $12 per employee monthly
  • Concierge: $149 per month + $12 per employee monthly
  • Contractor-only plan: $6 per person monthly

Gusto is often our top choice for payroll software because of its pricing, ease of use, and customer satisfaction. It lacks a lot of the specialized features for construction that you can find with ADP, Payroll4Construction, and eBacon, however. Nonetheless, if you are a small business that doesn’t do a lot of government contracts or union work, the price and ease of use make it a good choice.

Gusto earned a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Gusto stands out because it offers next-day direct deposit (something only QuickBooks does better). It also has a contractor-only payroll plan that, while simplistic, is the cheapest on our list. It provides excellent tools for money management for your employees through Gusto Wallet. Its biggest drawback is that it only offers health insurance for 39 states; if you are not in a covered state, consider QuickBooks, ADP, or Rippling.

Gusto Pricing

Gusto’s pricing is among the cheapest on our list for the core plan, but when you need HR, it gets pricier than others like ADP. However, it earned a perfect score in pricing for its transparency, lack of setup fees, and multiple plan options. Also, while some services like Payroll4Construction charge extra for W-2s, Gusto does these as part of its plans.

  • Core, $39 per month + $6 per employee monthly: Full-service payroll, W-2 and 1099s, health benefits, employee self-service, employee benefits, time tracking and accounting integrations
  • Complete, $39 per month + $12 per employee monthly: Core plus next-day direct deposit, time tracking and PTO, project tracking and workforce costing, hiring and onboarding, team management
  • Concierge, $149 per month + $12 per employee monthly: Complete plus certified HR professionals, compliance alerts, HR resource center, dedicated support
  • Contractor-only plan, $6 per person monthly: Payments, four-day direct deposit, 1099, new hire reporting

Gusto Features

  • Payroll: Enjoy unlimited and automatic pay runs with Gusto, although it alone on our list doesn’t offer certified payroll. Like QuickBooks, it offers next-day direct deposit, which most do not provide. It also has pay cards like ADP and eBacon. You can pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees and track time and PTO. One standout is that employees can get advances through Gusto Wallet.
  • Tax filing: It handles federal, state, and local tax filing, plus garnishments and levies. (Some services charge extra for garnishments.) It files and sends W-2 and 1099s.
  • Construction-specific tools: Like most payroll software, you can create job codes and conduct project tracking and workforce costing. Unlike eBacon and Payroll4Construction, for construction-specific reports, you need to build your own.
  • HR: Employee benefits include workers’ comp, medical, 401(k), commuter, 529 college savings, and Gusto Wallet financial tools. With higher plans, you get hiring and onboarding, team and project management, access to HR advisers and materials, and a dedicated support team. eBacon and Viventium offer dedicated reps in all plans.
  • Ease of Use: Users gave it 4.64 out of 5 stars, especially praising its intuitive interface. We gave it 4.13 out of 5, mainly because, unlike Viventium or Rippling, it lacks a customizable interface, and the dedicated team is only at the highest plan.
  • Mobile app: Gusto’s payroll app, Gusto Wallet, is for employees and lets them split paychecks, get a debit card, view paychecks and documents, and even clock in and out. Users give it 3.4 out of 5 on Android and 3.9 out of 5 on Apple.

Read our full Gusto review

Paylocity: Best for Midsize Construction Companies

Paylocity

Paylocity logo

Overall Score: 3.87
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Two-day direct deposit and pay card options
  • Files and pays state and local taxes
  • Multistate options

What’s Missing

  • No advanced HR support like compensation management, performance tracking
  • No dedicated representatives
  • Non-transparent pricing, may need a contract

Paylocity Pricing

  • Call for quote
  • May need contract

Paylocity is a good payroll company for growing businesses. It serves clients with 25 or fewer employees but its complexity and pricing make it better for midsize and large companies. It provides strong basic services, and you can add on other features, like tax filing and HR, as needed.

This service earned 3.87 out of 5 stars. It earned the highest score for payment features; it only lacked pay cards, which you can get through an integration. Like ADP, Viventium, and Rippling, it offers customized reports and the basic HR functions, plus multistate payroll and other tools useful to the construction industry. Like QuickBooks, certified payroll may cost extra. As with many of the services on our list, it lost points on pricing for not being transparent on the website and for setup fees. It also lacks some HR and ease-of-use features.

Paylocity Pricing

We did not receive updated pricing for Paylocity, but our past quote was $300.75 for 15 employees, or about $20 per employee, per month, which included certified payroll and prevailing wages. There was also a setup fee.

Paylocity Features

  • Payroll: Unlimited pay runs, automatic and on-demand pay runs, two-day direct deposit, pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees, multiple pay rates, PTO tracking, time trackers, employee self-service terminal; pay card through third party.
  • Tax filing: Like most of the payroll processors on our list, Paylocity handles federal, state, and local tax filing, and year-end report prep and delivery. If you need garnishments or other special needs, be sure to mention them when getting a quote.
  • Construction-specific tools: Multiple pay rates for jobs or states, job costing, certified payroll, EEO-compliance tracking, some construction-specific reports. Unlike the others on our list (except Viventium), you’ll need to be specific on what you want when getting a quote.
  • HR: You’ll need to specify what HR tools you want when getting a quote. It offers a wide range, including employee onboarding, training and compliance tools, workers’ comp, files new hire forms, benefits administration, and more.
  • Ease of Use: Users gave it 4.2 out of 5 stars overall, with 4 out of 5 for ease of use. We gave it slightly lower—3.75 out of 5 stars—because the interface is not customizable and we did not find live support options.
  • Mobile app: Includes clock-in with geofencing, company announcement board, schedules and time sheets, PTO, expense reports, journal entries. Users give it 4 out of 5 stars on Android and 4.3 on iOS.

Read our full Paylocity review

QuickBooks Payroll: Best for QuickBooks Users

QuickBooks Payroll

QuickBooks logo

Overall Score: 3.85
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Customizable reports
  • Health insurance for all 50 states
  • Same or next-day direct deposit
  • Integrates with construction software

What’s Missing

  • Limited integrations
  • Basic HR features only
  • Help center complex, problematic

QuickBooks Payroll Pricing

  • Core Plan: $22.50 monthly, plus $4 per employee, per month
  • Premium Plan: $37.50 monthly, plus $8 per employee, per month
  • Elite Plan: $62.50 monthly, plus $10 per employee, per month

Requires a QuickBooks Accounting plan, which runs $25 to $180 per month

If you use QuickBooks for accounting and want a simple payroll processor with basic HR functions, QuickBooks Payroll offers a surprising amount of functionality for construction companies. With native integration to QuickBooks Accounting, you get the benefits of tying into other integrations, automatic import of figures for budgeting and job costing, and the ease of using QuickBooks for invoicing and the like. The Premium and Elite plans include same-day direct deposit, something not offered by others on our list. It works with SimplyInsured to provide health benefits in all 50 states. You can also set up multistate payroll and use it with QuickBooks for job costing analysis.

QuickBooks earned 3.85 out of 5 stars. It’s one of the best-priced, and unlike most on our list, has integrations to construction software. If you are bidding on federal projects, you can pay a flat fee to integrate with the Sunburst Certified Payroll solution. The higher plans file your taxes. However, it requires a QuickBooks Accounting subscription, and the help center is the most difficult to navigate of the software we reviewed. It took a hit in part because some tools depend on the QuickBooks accounting integration and because it lacks a pay card option.

QuickBooks Payroll Pricing

Unlike Paylocity, ADP Run, or Viventium, QuickBooks Payroll does not charge setup fees. Further, you can run payroll as many times as needed (like Gusto).

  • Core Plan ($22.50 monthly, plus $4 per employee, per month): Full-service payroll including taxes, payroll forms, health insurance benefits, 401(k) options, next-day direct deposit
  • Premium Plan ($37.50 monthly, plus $8 per employee, per month): Core features plus same-day direct deposit, HR support center access, free set-up, workers’ comp administration, time tracking
  • Elite Plan ($62.50 monthly, plus $10 per employee, per month): Premium features plus 24/7 expert support, tax penalty-free guarantee, customized setup, personal HR adviser

QuickBooks Payroll Features

  • Payroll: QuickBooks offers unlimited and automatic pay runs, next-day or same-day direct deposit or pay cards, the ability to pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees, PTO tracking, time trackers, and an employee self-service terminal.
  • Tax filing: While QuickBooks charges extra for local taxes—something most of the products on the list simply include—it does handle federal and state taxes, year-end report preparation, and delivery of W2s and 1099s. Its Elite Plan also helps you resolve tax penalties and reimburses you up to $25,000, regardless of who is at fault. This is the best guarantee of those on the list.
  • Construction-specific tools: Take advantage of multiple pay rates, multistate payroll, and job-based and other flexible pay schedule options (weekly, biweekly, etc.). Like ADP, it can integrate with construction-specific apps (like Buildertrend) and provide job costing and industry-specific reporting—however, these are through QuickBooks Accounting. If you want these features right in your payroll software, consider Rippling, Gusto, eBacon or Payroll4Construction.
  • HR: While not a full HR platform like Rippling, ADP, or Viventium, it does offer onboarding, document management, workers’ comp, job descriptions, and performance management.
  • Ease of Use: Users gave it 4.47 out of 5 stars for features, ease of use, and customer service. It has how-to guides and live phone support, but no dedicated reps, so we gave it 4.25 out of 5.
  • Mobile app: With 4.2 out of 5 on Apple and 4.0 out of 5 on Android, it’s one of the best-rated apps on our list. The app is for employers, letting you create payrolls, pay taxes, view past paychecks, and get reminders on upcoming deadlines.

Read our full QuickBooks Payroll review

Viventium: Best for Customized Solutions

Viventium

Viventium logo

Overall Score: 3.64
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Multistate options
  • Labor costing
  • Highly customized platform
  • Proactive compliance and labor law support

What’s Missing

  • Year-end tax filing costs extra
  • Most HR functions cost extra
  • Limited number of reports

Viventium creates highly customized payroll and HR solutions for multiple industries, including construction businesses from HVAC to general contracting. Because of its price and that it tailors its payroll product to your industry, it’s best for midsize to large companies that want a tailored solution. (Compare this to ADP Run, which is not as customizable and better for small businesses than Viventium.)

We rated it 3.64 out of 5 stars. Like several payroll companies on our list, Viventium took a hit for pricing and the fact that the HR functions are mostly add-ons. However, it offers pay cards (at an extra fee), something only found with Gusto, ADP, and eBacon, and it may be able to help you get Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) through screening new hires for qualifications like disadvantaged neighborhoods, disabled veterans, and the like. Plus, it keeps you up-to-date on compliance laws through newsletters and alerts.

Viventium Pricing

Viventium does not post pricing online, and we were not able to reach them for an updated quote. Last year, we were quoted $87 per week for payroll for 15 employees with check processing and direct deposit, or about $5.80 per employee, per pay run. New hiring, year-end tax filing, and W-2/1099 preparation cost extra. Call for a specific quote.

Viventium Features

  • Payroll: It has a full-service payroll similar to ADP or Gusto, with automatic pay runs, direct deposit or pay cards (extra), the ability to pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees, PTO tracking, an employee self-service terminal, and time tracking. It stands out with its unlimited earning and deduction codes.
  • Tax filing: It files federal, state, and local tax filing, but unlike most of the payroll providers on our list, the year-end report prep and delivery cost extra. However, it stands out in that it actively seeks tax credits for you, something none of the other payroll processors on our list offered.
  • Construction-specific tools: It offers multiple pay rates for jobs or states, union codes, and five levels of labor allocations. It lets you track OSHA training and reminders, as well as training and alerts for compliance with other employer requirements. Most payroll services on our list offer these as extras.
  • HR (most services cost extra): Like ADP, Viventium has a complete HR platform, which is custom-priced. Tools offered include employee onboarding, workers’ comp, new hire form filing, compliance tracking, hiring and training, and benefits administration.
  • Ease of Use: Users gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars overall, with higher scores for ease of use and customer service. We gave it 4.88 out of 5 stars because it checked off nearly every ease-of-use feature on our list, from dedicated reps to how-to guides.
  • Mobile app: The app lets employees view statements, request time off, and check deposit and emergency contact information. It earned 3.9 out of 5 on Android and 3.1 out of 5 on Apple.

Payroll4Construction: Best Construction Payroll Software for Reports

Payroll4Construction

Payroll4Construction logo

Overall Score: 3.37
OUT OF 5

What We Like

  • Designed for the construction industry
  • Certified payroll reports
  • Job cost reporting
  • Automated rates by job, trade, etc.

What’s Missing

  • Limited HR features, benefits
  • No online onboarding, limited self-service portal for employees
  • Mobile app not well rated

Payroll4Construction Pricing*

  • Basic: $45 +$2 per employee to $65 + 2.50 per employee, per pay period

Add-ons

  • Additional state or local tax deposits: $2.50/state and $2.50/5 localities
  • Local quarterly filings: $8.50/locality
  • Quarterly federal and state filings: $100/three filings
  • Additional state quarterly filings: $30/each
  • Year-end W-2 and W-3: $5.25
  • Garnishments: $2.50
  • New hire reports: $2.50
  • Mobile timecard app: call for pricing
  • Employee portal: call for pricing

*This pricing reflects information we were given after contacting the company.

Payroll4Construction.com is a specialized payroll software for construction companies. It provides the standard payroll functions of paychecks and direct deposits, tax filings and end-of-year compliance reports, and benefits through its partners. However, unlike most of the software on our list, it was built by people from the construction industry specifically for people in the construction industry and includes construction-specific reports you need specifically for government compliances.

We gave Payroll4Construction.com 3.37 out of 5 stars. It took a hit on pricing because you need to call for a quote and it’s more expensive than many on our list, although it’s cheaper than eBacon, the other construction-specific tool on our list. It lost points because it charges by pay run, lacks pay cards, and does not offer advanced HR features like job recruiting or training management—for these features, we suggest ADP. Nonetheless, it earned top scores for construction-specific tools and reporting. Many of its users switched from general payroll companies—even some on this list—and praise the improvement in ease of use.

Payroll4Construction Pricing

You need to contact Payroll4Construction for a quote. We received the following price list. While the standard price is competitive, the extras can add up fast.

  • Weekly: $45 + $2 per employee, per payroll (includes taxes for federal, one state and 10 localities, and reports)
  • Biweekly: $65 + $2.50 per employee, per payroll (includes taxes and reports)

Extras:

  • Additional state or local tax deposits: $2.50/state and $2.50/5 localities
  • Local quarterly filings: $8.50/locality
  • Quarterly federal and state filings: $100/three filings
  • Additional state quarterly filings: $30/each
  • Year-end W-2 and W-3: $5.25
  • Garnishments: $2.50
  • New hire reports: $2.50
  • Mobile timecard app: call for pricing
  • Employee portals: call for pricing

Payroll4Construction Features

  • Payroll: Like most of the payroll services on our list, it offers automatic pay runs, two-day direct deposit, and PTO tracking. It allows you to pay contractors as well as hourly and salary employees. The time trackers with geofencing cost extra, however, as do the employee self-service terminal and garnishments. eBacon, by contrast, also processes garnishments.
  • Tax filing: It tackles federal, state, and local tax filing, but like Viventium, end-of-year reports cost extra.
  • Construction-specific tools: Since it is designed for construction, you should find all the tools you need. Examples include multiple pay rates for jobs or states, job costing, and certified payroll reports. It prepares construction-specific reports (like EEO minority compliance, union reporting) automatically.
  • HR: It files new hire forms for an extra fee (unlike ADP, Gusto, Viventium, or eBacon). It has expert advisers on call, which sets it above several on our list. However, unlike Gusto, ADP, Paylocity, and Viventium, it does not offer health benefits, although it does work with partner organizations.
  • Ease of Use: Users gave it 4.3 out of 5 stars for its easy interface and great training; however, we gave it 3.5 out of 5 because it lacked a customizable interface and dedicated reps.
  • Mobile app: Unlike most of the software on our list, the mobile app costs extra. It has time tracking, grid timecards, geotagging, and signature capability. Users rate it 1.9 out of 5 stars on Apple and 1.6 out of 5 stars on Android.

How We Chose the Payroll Software for Construction Companies

Construction companies have special reporting and hiring needs that many payroll services don’t understand. We looked at payroll services with construction features and those part of a construction program. Then we narrowed the list further by evaluating construction-specific payroll needs: multistate and multijob coding, union and other certified pay runs, labor costing, and more.

Overall, we chose ADP Run as the best payroll software for construction. While it wasn’t created specifically for construction companies, its HR and payroll features plus construction-specific tools make it the top choice for small construction companies that want to hire, onboard, and pay employees efficiently.

Click through the tabs below for our full evaluation criteria:

25%

Construction-specific Features

10% of Overall Score

We gave points for plans that cost less than $50 per employee, per month, as well as companies that offered transparent pricing, unlimited pay runs, and multiple options. Gusto led the pack with a perfect score, followed by QuickBooks with 4.25 out of 5.

25% of Overall Score

If a payroll provider lacked most of the features a construction business might need, it did not make our list. We gave points for time tracking, multistate payroll, labor costing reports, and union payroll options. eBacon had a perfect score, as did ADP Run.

15% of Overall Score

We looked for HR features like self-service portals, online onboarding, filing new employee forms, and expert advisers. Most of the construction-specific payroll software lacked these. ADP earned the highest score, with 4.25 out of 5, while Payroll4Construction has the lowest score with 2.06 out of 5.

20% of Overall Score

We gave the most credit to software that had direct deposit in two days or less and handled local as well as federal and state taxes, but also considered pay cards and pay-on-demand capabilities. Paylocity earned the highest score.

5% of Overall Score

We average our software reviews from real users with review ratings from G2 and Capterra. They all scored high, so those with 4.5 stars got the highest marks. We also favor software with 1,000+ reviews, although we gave some credit for those services that catered to construction only. Gusto and Rippling each had perfect scores.

15% of Overall Score

We looked for a large selection of reports and customizations. We also considered if they were specific to the construction industry. Most earned 4.25 out of 5; those that didn’t generally had a small selection of reports and don’t let you create custom reports.

10% of Overall Score

We considered user reviews as far as an intuitive interface and customer support. We also credited companies that provide help guides and a dedicated representative. Finally, we looked for integrations with other business software. Viventium scored highest here.

*Percentages of overall score

Bottom Line

According to Deloitte, the construction industry is going to continue to see a growth in non-residential and residential activity in 2022. Payroll software with construction features like those above can help you stay on top of payroll so you can concentrate on the other challenges such as supply chain issues.

Overall, for construction companies, we recommend ADP Run because it’s a leader in the payroll industry and has numerous payroll and HR features suited for small, medium, and large construction businesses. Sign up for a free demo.

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