Wave Payroll Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Wave Payroll

Payroll solution for small businesses

4.35/5 (51 reviews)

Wave Payroll Pricing

Starting from: $20.00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

USA pricing:
Tax service states (California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington): $35/base fee + $4 per employee/month
Self service states (All other 43 states): $20/base fee + $4 per employee/month

Canada pricing:
$20/base fee + $4 per employee/month

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Wave Payroll Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • Wave Accounting is definitely one of the best companies for accounting, and their payroll app has really come out on top. It's easy to use, easy to learn, and the user experience is optimal.Ashley A.Read the full review
  • I love that it is easy to use and figure out. Costumer service is helpful.Shannon K.Read the full review
  • Overall the experience has been a great one, it has been reliable for the last year.Britta N.Read the full review

Cons

  • Off-boarding a dismissed employee makes it look as if they have not thought through the process. Beneath this all the time is the constant annoyance with how long every operation takes.Lawrence D.Read the full review
  • It is really ugly and you can't customize the features and the service, because it doesn't left you enough control over the payroll.Anyugel M.Read the full review
  • Negative option for signing up. Lack of user friendly interface.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
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12 reviewers had the following to say about Wave Payroll's pricing:

Justin E.

Easy to use but feature rich bookkeeping and payroll for small business

Reviewed 2015-08-12
Review Source: Capterra

Previously I had QuickBooks online. They were ok, but they cost me about five times the price, and their system has certain traditional accounting options that are way too much for me. Wave does great simple accounting at a really cheap price. I recommend it for any small business owner who needs something they can handle on their own without hiring their own accountant. The only reason I didn't give Customer Service 5 stars is because these folks are located in the eastern time zone and I'm in Hawaii, so I basically never got to talk to them when I paid extra for the phone support because they yabba-dabba-do on home at 5pm EST -- pretty classic, old fashioned business hours. Now I'm back on e-mail support and it's fine -- cheaper anyway. Phone or e-mail, the support staff are all genuine and work with you on a sincere one-to-one basis... no BS'ing or shining people on. Good people; focused, and responsible.

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Kalman G.

This is very DIY and was missing important things

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Price. Seemed like less $ than other services. We were using Wave for accounting and that software has more good things going. For someone with a DIY mentality around Taxes and regulatory alignment, I guess this could be ok.

Cons
They missed some notes about things we need to file and it cost us money and time.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Geoff J.

The BEST, most simple accounting software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-07
Review Source: Capterra

With wave accounting I am able to easily create invoices and bills. I am able to effortlessly pay contractors & employees with direct deposit.

Pros
Ease of use, customer service, price, features & design.

Cons
Some solutions require a work around that is not intuitive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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David S.

I am a CPA that provides bookkeeping and tax services to business persons using the Wave software.

Reviewed 2015-08-10
Review Source: Capterra

The payroll module in Wave is very easy to use once set up. It can process payroll, take funds from your account and direct deposit to the employee's account as well as make the payroll deduction remittances for you. The cost is very low and the module integrates into the accounting software thereby saving many steps. Anyone that requires payroll I recommend they use Wave.

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Shannon K.

Great product

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-29
Review Source: Capterra

I love that it is easy to use and figure out. Costumer service is helpful. Very affordable. Perfect for my small business.

Pros
Easy to use. Spells out taxes. Simple. Affordable

Cons
Not much. Really good product. I love the payroll feature too much to have a con.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ashley A.

Best payroll product on the market!

Reviewed 2015-08-17
Review Source: Capterra

Wave Accounting is definitely one of the best companies for accounting, and their payroll app has really come out on top! It's easy to use, easy to learn, and the user experience is optimal. The customer service is by far the best in the business. The pricing is so inexpensive that you cannot go wrong! I wholly recommend this product to any small business!

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Anonymous

Good but could be better, still new

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-07-21
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
They are a good value for the service, but they don't have full service payroll in many states yet and paying taxes on your own can be tough

Cons
They don't have full services payroll, and support is slow to respond. I imagine this will get better over time.

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Nadim N.

Great people, great service

Reviewed 2015-08-11
Review Source: Capterra

I have been utilizing Wave's services for a while now. It started with invoicing only and I have since upgraded to Payroll by Wave. Their communication and services are both excellent, as well as their pricing. I recommend any small business owner to make use of their services. You speak to real people and they are very at tentative and knowledgeable. They even go out of their way to help find solutions to your questions they don'e "have to answer". Great experience.

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Casey H.

Easy to use payroll system with no frills

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-09-17
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I love Wave and the Payroll system. Consider starting a free trial to look around the program.

Pros
I have used Wave accounting and recently added on the payroll system for my 2 employees. It was so easy to set up my account and even easier to submit time and get them paid through direct deposit. The employees like being able to log on and see their stubs. The fees are so affordable for a small business. Highly recommend!

Cons
Wave was just bought by QuickBooks and I am concerned about how the acquisition will affect this program.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Peter K.

Simple, clean, and powerful

Reviewed 2014-11-24
Review Source: Capterra

Payroll by Wave makes it easy to schedule payrolls; adjust deductions, salaries, bonuses, and so on; it handles automatic remittances; and it's affordable. It has an intuitive interface. I can fully recommend it after having evaluated it against its online competitors, having used it for 2 years, and having come from many years of struggles with ADP. The only thing I'm waiting on is multi-currency support on its payments add-on: https://support.waveapps.com/entries/22235625-Multi-currency-support-for-Payments-by-Stripe

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Atul B.

Ideal for Small Business

Reviewed 2015-08-10
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using Payroll by Wave for quite a few years now and are very happy with it. We are one of the top immigration law firms based in Pittsburgh, PA and our mission is to provide affordable experienced representation and personal case handling to cost-conscious clients and businesses. We have very caring and passionate employees that help us achieve our mission. Payroll by Wave is the perfect solution for our small business needs for running payroll and managing vacation time. It is very easy to use with a very well designed and intuitive user interface. It guides you through the setup process if you are a new user. It has several features such as Reminders, Payroll Review, Direct Deposit, Tax Reporting and Tax filing (we do not use the tax filing feature since we already had a process in place before it was introduced). It is integrated into the Wave accounting platform (we use some other Wave apps as well) and has support for both full-time and part-time employees. Signing up new employees is straightforward. The Wave Team provides excellent customer service and responds to questions / requests in reasonable time. They are also open to collaborating with their clients to get feedback and make the solution better.

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Maggie G.

I recommend cost-effective solutions for small businesses and non-profit organizations

Reviewed 2015-08-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros: Easy to use, extremely cost effective, direct deposit and Revenue Canada remittances, transmit payrolls in advance, cannot run off-cycle pay runs Cons: Cannot schedule off-cycle pay runs. For most business owners not being able to schedule off-cycle pay runs is an excellent safe guard to ensure (in Canada) that CPP and EI calculations are correct. As a professional I sometimes need to do to do this and have developed workarounds to ensure that Wave payroll still is my solution of choice. Overall it's an excellent product with great customer support.

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