Last updated: June 25th, 2020*

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Learn how Gusto stacks up against other payroll providers when it comes to pricing, payroll, benefits, HR tools, customer service, and more. (Spoiler: They got nothing on us.)

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Gusto
Pricing
Monthly fee Starting at $39/mo. + $6/mo. per user No upfront pricing No upfront pricing Starting at $10/mo. per user Starting at $45/mo. + $4/mo. per user Starting at $29/mo. + $5/mo. per user Starting at $49/mo. per employee (for businesses with <25 employees)
Setup fee Free dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon $25 Free Free Free
Payroll
Unlimited payrolls checkmark icon dollar icon Pay per payroll dollar icon Pay per payroll checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Automated federal and state tax filing checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Direct deposit checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
File W-2s checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
File 1099s checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon checkmark icon
Multiple pay rates and schedules checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Multiple states checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon checkmark icon
Contractor payments checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
E-sign I-9 and W-4 checkmark icon checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon checkmark icon (Premium and Elite) x icon x icon
Lifetime access for employees checkmark icon x icon x icon checkmark icon x icon x icon x icon
Household employer payroll x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon x icon x icon x icon x icon
International payroll x icon dollar icon Extra fees dollar icon Extra fees x icon x icon x icon x icon
Benefits
Health benefits Pay premiums only Premiums + fees Pay premiums only Pay premiums or broker fees Through SimplyInsured Pay premiums only Pay premiums only (Plus)
Workers’ comp Pay premiums only Premiums + fees Premiums + fees Self-insured workers’ comp Premiums + fees Pay premiums only Pay premiums only
Available add-ons
  • 401(k) retirement
  • 529 college savings
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • HRA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
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  • 401(k) retirement
  • Pre-tax benefit
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • COBRA access
HR tools
Time tracking checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon (Paychex Flex) checkmark icon checkmark icon (Premium and Elite) checkmark icon checkmark icon
Team directory and org chart checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees x icon checkmark icon x icon x icon checkmark icon
Time-off requests checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees checkmark icon (Time & Attendance subscribers) checkmark icon x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Online offer letters checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees x icon checkmark icon x icon x icon x icon
Secure document vault and e-signing checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) checkmark icon checkmark icon x icon x icon checkmark icon
Custom employee handbook checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) checkmark icon (Paychex Flex) checkmark icon checkmark icon (Elite) x icon x icon
Job description and policy templates checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon (Premium and Elite) x icon x icon
Proactive compliance updates checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon (Elite) checkmark icon checkmark icon
Certified HR pros checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) checkmark icon (Paychex Flex) checkmark icon checkmark icon (Elite) x icon x icon
Direct phone line for dedicated support checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR) checkmark icon x icon x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Custom Onboarding Checklist checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) checkmark icon checkmark icon x icon checkmark icon x icon x icon
Software Provisioning checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) x icon x icon x icon x icon x icon x icon
Integrations
QuickBooks checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Xero checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon checkmark icon
Google (G-suite) SSO checkmark icon x icon x icon checkmark icon checkmark icon x icon x icon

*Competitive data on this page was collected as of June 25th, 2020 and is subject to change or update. Gusto does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page. All Gusto services listed in the payroll features comparison chart are provided by Gusto or by one of Gusto's trusted partners.

Payroll provider small businesses love

77%

of customers say that Gusto removes tedious tasks from their plates.

3/4

customers say Gusto makes staying compliant easier.

90%

of customers are likely to recommend Gusto.

Source: 2018 TechValidate survey of more than 600 Gusto customers.

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