Wave Payroll admin interface

Simplify and automate your payroll experience

  • Run payroll in minutes.
    Approving payroll is as simple as two clicks.
  • 100% guaranteed accuracy.
    Payroll by Wave ensures you meet government regulation and avoid penalties.
  • Only pay for what you need.
    Pricing scales depending on your number of employees and usage.

Why small business owners choose Payroll by Wave

Fast and easy setup

Fast and easy setup

Payroll doesn’t have to be painful. Set up your account and start running payroll today. Coming from another payroll provider? Migrating your data is easy.

Vacations, benefits and bonuses

Vacations, holidays, benefits and bonuses

Wave handles vacations, holidays, bonuses and other benefit calculations, too, and provides accurate pay stubs and reports for you and your team.

Automatic filings and payments

Automatic filings and payments Automatic tax remittances

In New York, California, Florida, Texas, Illinois and Washington, Wave’s complete payroll tax service can automatically pay and file your state and federal payroll taxes. (Coming soon to more states.) We’ll even send your tax remittances and all the associated paperwork to the CRA for you—part of your all-inclusive low monthly rate.

Payroll journal entries automatically recorded

Payroll journal entries automatically recorded

Payroll by Wave connects seamlessly with the rest of your Wave account. Spend less time on manual bookkeeping and more time running your business.

Direct deposit

Direct deposit

No more running around with checkscheques. Pay gets deposited right in your employees’ bank accounts, quickly and reliably. Less work for you, and your team will love it.

Self-service pay stubs
and tax forms

Self-service pay stubs
and tax forms

Employees can log into Wave securely to access their pay stubs and W2sT4s, and manage their contact and banking information.

All the features your small business needs to run payroll

  • Integrates seamlessly and instantly with Wave’s free, award-winning accounting, invoicing and receipt scanning software
  • Priority customer support, direct from Wave headquarters
  • Payroll reminders in your inbox
  • Great for seasonal businesses; put employees on hold any time at no charge
  • Great for seasonal businesses; put employees on hold any time at no charge
  • Easy to understand tax liabilities
  • Employee self-serve portal for pay stubs and W2sT4s
  • Payroll in the cloud: Pay your employees from anywhere
  • Automated holiday pay for Canadian statutory holidays
  • Self-service checkcheque printing
  • Secure collaboration with your bookkeeper, partner or assistants
  • 256-bit SSL encryption
  • Data is backed up automatically for peace of mind

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Get your payroll set up and ready to go today!

Payroll pricing

No setup fees or hidden charges—your price even includes
direct deposit, W2s, and the Payroll Accuracy Guarantee.

USA
Tax service states
Monthly fee

Tax service states

California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois and Washington

Monthly fee

$35 / base fee

+$4 / per active employee

Details

Wave handles your payroll taxes.

These 6 states include tax services from Wave. This means we automatically transfer tax payments and file the paperwork with your state tax office and/or the IRS.

USA
Self service states

Self service states

All other 44 states

Monthly fee

$20 / base fee

+$4 / per active employee

Details

Wave makes filing your own payroll taxes easy.

The remaining 44 states are self-serve, which means you’ll have to pay and file the paperwork yourself. Wave makes it easy by showing you what information and how much money you’ll need per payroll.

Payroll pricing

No setup fees or hidden charges—your price even includes direct deposit,
T4s, full tax remittances to the CRA, and Wave’s Payroll Accuracy Guarantee.

$20 / base fee

+$4 / per active employee

* Payroll by Wave is not currently available in Quebec

What our customers are saying

I just needed to let you know that I am over the moon with your payroll program. I have used so many programs at great cost to the company and Wave is by far the easiest, most user friendly program out there.

Take Note Music School

Wow, signed up with @WaveHQ yesterday—am actually enjoying my finances. Saves so much time and streamlined everything.

Sally Fort

Frequently Answered Questions

Common payroll questions we receive from folks considering our payroll software

Payroll by Wave has a fully functional, 30-day trial period. During this trial, all payroll fees are waived. If you activate before the end of the trial, things will continue to function normally. However if you don’t activate, then any future scheduled fund transfers well be canceled. See our full terms here.

The base rate is higher in tax service states (California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois and Washington) because Wave automatically transfers tax payments and files the necessary paperwork with your state tax office and or IRS.

In self service states (all other 44 states) Payroll by Wave does not make payments or file on your behalf.

Payroll only supports paying employees at the moment. While payroll for contractors isn’t available yet, you can easily record payments to contractors by creating a bill or creating a journal entry.

If you're switching to Wave mid-year, you’ll want to provide us with your historical payroll data so that employee tax forms and pay stubs are accurate. You can learn how to do that with this handy support article.

You can deactivate your payroll account at any time by navigating to Settings > Billing > Deactivate.

Frequently Answered Questions

Common payroll questions we receive from folks considering our payroll software

Payroll by Wave in Canada has a fully functional, 30-day trial period. During this trial, all payroll fees are waived. If you activate before the end of the trial, things will continue to function normally. However if you don’t activate, then any future scheduled fund transfers well be canceled. See our full terms here.

Our payroll service is available in every province and territory with the exception of Quebec.

Payroll only supports paying employees at the moment. While payroll for contractors isn’t available yet, you can easily record payments to contractors by creating a bill or creating a journal entry.

If you're switching to Wave mid-year, you’ll want to provide us with your historical payroll data so that employee tax forms and pay stubs are accurate. You can learn how to do that with this handy support article.

You can deactivate your payroll account at any time by navigating to Settings > Billing > Deactivate.

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