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GetApp’s Integration Leaders in Payroll Software

Dec 14, 2022

Find payroll software products that integrate best with other apps.

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Baljeet KaurSr Market Research Specialist
GetApp’s Integration Leaders in Payroll Software

Software integrations form an indispensable part of the IT strategy of most businesses. Not only do they foster seamless information flow between applications, but they also boost process efficiency, increase data visibility, and consolidate disparate information sources.

When it comes to integration potential, all software solutions aren’t created equal. Some tools are clear winners and can integrate with a variety of solutions, while others integrate with only a handful.

Analyzing products specifically for their integration capabilities can be labor-intensive. To save you time, we compiled a report to help you access relevant integration data for payroll software.

With this report, we want to help you find a payroll tool with strong user-reported integration capabilities. We analyzed integration data for some of the highest-rated products on the market and compiled our findings into this report. (View the complete selection methodology for these products at the bottom of this page.)

Integration Leaders in payroll software

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*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

The Integration Leaders grid above showcases products with the highest integration scores based on user reviews on GetApp. (See the complete report methodology at the bottom of this page.)

On the grid, products are arranged in increasing order of their overall ratings (bottom to top) and integration scores (left to right). That means products higher up on the grid have higher overall ratings, and products toward the right have higher integration scores. Therefore, products in the top right zone of the grid rank higher in overall ratings as well as integration scores compared to other products on the grid.

Most common app integrations

It can be challenging to figure out which tools a software product integrates with. Software providers may not explicitly mention this information on their product websites, or that information may be buried on a webpage.

In this section, we look at the specific integration capabilities of GetApp’s payroll Integration Leaders.

For these top-rated products, we’ve built a matrix table that shows which apps users most commonly say they integrate with each product. This allows you to compare how well our payroll Integration Leaders play with popular apps such as QuickBooks Online, Xero, FreshBooks, NOVAtime, Deputy, PayPal, Stripe, and GoCardless. We’ve divided these apps into the three categories that surfaced most often in user reviews: accounting, time tracking, and billing.

  • Accounting: The table below highlights accounting tools that integrate with the products featured in our payroll Integration Leaders report. According to the data collected from user reviews—software users disclose the various apps they integrate each product with and other publicly available sources—QuickBooks Online, Xero, Dext Prepare, Sage Intacct, and FreshBooks are the accounting solutions most commonly integrated with payroll software and, therefore, have been used for comparison.

  • Time tracking: The table below highlights popular time-tracking tools that integrate with the products featured in our payroll Integration Leaders report. According to the data collected from user reviews—software users disclose the various apps they integrate each product with and other publicly available sources—QuickBooks Time, NOVAtime, ClockShark, When I Work, and Deputy are the time-tracking solutions most commonly integrated with payroll software and, therefore, have been used for comparison.

  • Billing: The table below highlights popular billing tools that integrate with the products featured in our payroll Integration Leaders report. According to the data collected from user reviews—software users disclose the various apps they integrate each product with and other publicly available sources—PayPal, Stripe, Bill.com, Square Payments, and GoCardless are the payment processing gateways most commonly integrated with payroll software and, therefore, have been used for comparison.

*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

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Product profiles of Integration Leaders in payroll

Let’s dive deep into the profile of each Integration Leader to better understand their integration scores, what users say about them, the cloud platform they’re hosted on, and more.

*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.73

  • Open API: Yes

  • Hosted platform: N/A

  • Integration platforms: N/A

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about OnPay’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“HR integrations, time management, workers compensation, benefits, and more. I love the challenge to incorporate and enhance new reports and learn the value of OnPay's intentions for their customers.”

“Easy of use, fast on boarding process, easy to take administrative actions and excellent integrations.”

“All feature are very useful and it fully integrates with tsheets and quick books which is good thing.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.52

  • Open API: No

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms: Zapier

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Rippling's integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“I like that I can see my W2 and paystubs easily all in one place. I can also handle all of my benefits, and Rippling makes onboarding new employees super easy with integrations into slack and gmail.”

“The ease of use and more importantly the flexibility of the software. It has plenty of integrations and makes it easy to do everything you need from an employee management standpoint, which is very rare.”

“Rippling is an easy to use software which integrates seamlessly with my existing business processes.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.52

  • Open API: No

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms: Zapier

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Gusto’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“Integration with my timecard system (Homebase) has made submitting payroll a breeze. I like the onboarding process of new employees and how Gusto handles my employee benefits and time off as well.”

“In my experiences, when I've used Gusto it always does a great job and gave me an easier time in processing payroll and set up. On the other note; Integration with QuickBooks is extremely quick and easy.”

“Gusto is a dream to use. Simple interface, clear navigation, easy to access critical information, pull out payroll data, and integrate your W2s automatically with tax filing software.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.31

  • Open API: Yes

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms:Automate.io, Zapier, Tray.io

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about QuickBooks Payroll’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“The integration with QuickBooks online was a key factor. It is also very easy to use once the setup is complete.”

“A comprehensive online payroll service likely to meet the needs of most small businesses with good integration to other products and services sold by QuickBooks. Easy setup, good customer service.”

“I like that it integrates into QuickBooks which the CPA insists we use for accounting.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.17

  • Open API: Yes

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms: Tray.io

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Paylocity’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“I manage payroll and Paylocity makes it very easy to complete and I love how there are so many things that integrate with the system. For instance, our 401(k) provider connects, as well as the benefits module.”

“Integration was super easy and support was great throughout the entire process. Onboarding with employees was also very easy.”

“The integration in the software with all of the different areas, i.e. benefits, recruiting, payroll, ACA, W2, timecards, HR all make it worth the effort to transition to this software.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 3.17

  • Open API: No

  • Hosted platform: N/A

  • Integration platforms: N/A

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Patriot Payroll’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“Easy to set up, affordable, does everything we need with payroll calculations and tax reports. The integration with QuickBooks online saves a lot of time as well.”

“It's integration with existing business is ease and can use this software to much extent in processing the payroll.”

“It integrates well with QuickBooks Online and has taken care of the taxes and documents flawlessly. Great software, especially for the price.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 2.89

  • Open API: Yes

  • Hosted platform: N/A

  • Integration platforms: N/A

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Proliant’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“The integration process was seamless. The customer service is wonderful, and the ease of use is fantastic.”

“Integration into our current processes and software of our other vendors was great.”

“I like the department change feature that was added and the auto pay of salaries. We just integrated our payroll to QuickBooks and that seems to be working great.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 2.85

  • Open API: Yes

  • Hosted platform: N/A

  • Integration platforms: Zapier, Apiway.ai

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Homebase’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“I like how easy it is to use for my employees. It is a fully integrated software that saves me from having to use multiple apps for time tracking and payroll.”

“The fact that it's so integrated and so easy to use. Plus it's made communcations between staff super easy.”

“I really value the integration with Square POS that allows me to use the analytical tools within Homebase.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 2.78

  • Open API: No

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms: Workativ, Tray.io

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about Zenefits’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“We have been able to use many features, including benefits enrollment, payroll, reporting, integrations with our systems, onboarding, time and attendance and more.”

“The app is easy to use, and it integrates payroll + benefits really smoothly. It was also incredibly easy to set up with good personalized support.”

“We currently do not use ATS from Zenefits, however, it does allow us to integrate information from the hiring platform we use to fill in hiring information seamlessly.”


*Analysis accurate as of November 2022

  • Integration score: 2.77

  • Open API: No

  • Hosted platform: AWS

  • Integration platforms: Tray.io, Zapier

User review excerpts

To help you understand how reviewers feel about ADP Workforce Now’s integration capabilities, here are some excerpts from the most positive user reviews on GetApp that mention integration:

“The category breakdown for employee roles is helpful, and the reports are useful and easy to read and run. Integration into my business from my previous payroll service was easy.”

“Easy to integrate multiple areas of employee management and measurables. Also love that there is an option to engage with ADP HR professionals.”

“Integration was easy and the transition was fairly smooth for everyone. The time and attendance is easy to manage.”

Report methodology

Integration Leaders reports highlight top-ranked products based on ratings from end users. Products are scored on two dimensions: integration score and overall rating.

1. Integration score is calculated based on the sentiment of user reviews that describe a product’s integration capabilities, based on our proprietary assessment.

2. Overall rating score is calculated based on the overall user ratings for each product. Newer ratings are weighted more heavily.

Data sources include approved user reviews, public data sources, and data from technology vendors. Please refer to the GetApp Community Guidelines for more information.

To be eligible for inclusion in a category, a product must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 20 unique product reviews published on GetApp within 24 months of the start of the research process for a given report.

  • Achieve a minimum normalized overall rating (as of November 2022).

  • Have at least 10 unique product reviews that discuss the quality of that product’s integrations with other products.

  • Achieve a minimum positive sentiment score for reviews that describe integrations based on our proprietary assessment.

  • Show evidence of offering required functionality as demonstrated by publicly available sources, such as the vendor’s website.

The matrix table shows each product’s integrations with the most commonly integrated apps cited by user reviews. This table is supplemental; its data do not factor into a product’s qualification for, scores in, or placement on the Integration Leaders chart.

The data used in the matrix table was collected from user reviews; software users disclose the various apps they integrate each product with. Individual integration capabilities were not evaluated by the GetApp team. The data is believed to be accurate at the time of publication as it is shared by software users like you, but readers should note that vendors will continue to expand and change the integrations they offer over time. Our reports will be updated periodically, but will not change in real time, so new integrations reported in new user reviews may not be reflected in this report post-publication.

The review excerpts provided are based on what users liked about the integration functionality/ability of the product within 24 months of the start of the research process for a given report. Review excerpts are passages extracted from longer reviews written by verified reviewers. Excerpts are evaluated for positive or negative sentiment and receive a sentiment score. We are only highlighting excerpts with the highest positive sentiment scores in this document.

Excerpts represent user opinion and do not represent the views of, nor constitute, an endorsement by GetApp or its affiliates. Excerpts are not edited for clarity or grammar.

Note: At GetApp, we objectively select and rank products based on a methodology developed by our research team. Some vendors pay us when they receive web traffic, but this has no influence on our methodology.

We conducted this analysis based on reviews and ratings data as of date. In order to present the most up-to-date information, the product cards above show real-time ratings. Please note that this means the ratings value in the product card may not reflect the ratings value at the time of analysis.

The full text of the reviews excerpted are from published reviews on GetApp.com for the associated products on the date this content was published. GetApp makes no guarantee that the reviews will remain posted for the entire period this report is active.

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Baljeet Kaur

Sr Market Research Specialist
Baljeet Kaur is a senior market research specialist at GetApp, providing insights about choosing the right software and technology for small and medium businesses. She is inspired by how technology is changing our daily lives, in the smallest and biggest of ways. She enjoys getting creative in the kitchen and trying out different restaurants/cuisines with friends and family.
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