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Compare Gusto to other payroll providers.

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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Jan 2022

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9.9/10
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#1 Payroll Software
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Dec 2021

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Best HR &
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Feb 2022

What to consider when choosing a payroll provider

  • How large is your team?

    Some payroll platforms are perfect for corporations or large enterprises, but overlook the needs of small and midsize businesses. Select a service that meets your needs where you currently are — and one that can grow with you down the line.

  • What’s included in pricing?

    Many platforms offer additional features, but those costs can add up quickly. Look for a payroll platform that doesn’t charge for every little change you want to make.

  • Is it easy to switch?

    Migrating your payroll data could be a daunting task, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ask about this process, and more importantly, who on your payment provider’s end oversees this task.

  • How can I get help when I need it?

    Getting in touch with customer support should be simple and easy, with ample resources at your fingertips to help you get the most of your new payroll software. Ask about online, email, chat, and phone support.

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Gusto stands out with unlimited monthly payroll runs for no extra charge, free account setup, W-2 filing, and so much more.

Gusto
Pricing
Monthly feeStarting at $40/mo + $6/mo per person
No upfront pricing
No upfront pricing
Starting at $45/mo + $5/mo per user
Starting at $29/mo + $5/mo per user
Starting at $49/mo per employee (for businesses with <25 employees)
No upfront monthly pricing
Setup feeFree
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
Free
Free
Free
Free for simple migration
Payroll
Unlimited payrollsCheckmark
Pay per payrollPay per payroll
Pay per payrollPay per payroll
Automated federal and state tax filingCheckmark
Direct depositCheckmark
4-day ACH4-day ACH
File W-2sCheckmark
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
File 1099sCheckmark
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
Multiple pay rates and schedulesCheckmark
Multiple statesCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra fees (free with Elite)Extra fees (free with Elite)
Contractor paymentsCheckmark
$15/mo up to 20 contractors+$2ea. additional$15/mo up to 20 contractors+$2ea. additional
E-sign I-9 and W-4Checkmark
Extra feesExtra fees
(Premium and Elite)(Premium and Elite)
Lifetime access for employeesCheckmark
Household employer payrollX
International payrollDollar(International contractor add-on)
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
Extra feesExtra fees
Benefits
Health benefitsPay premiums only
Premiums + fees
Pay premiums only
Through SimplyInsured
Pay premiums only
Pay premiums only (Plus)
Premiums + fees
Workers’ compPay premiums only
Premiums + fees
Premiums + fees
Premiums + fees (fees waived for Premium and Elite)
Pay premiums only
Pay premiums only
Premiums + fees
Available add-ons
  • Broker integration
  • 401(k) retirement
  • 529 college savings
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • Broker integration
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • HRA
  • Broker integration
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Pre-tax benefit
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • COBRA access
  • Commuter benefits
  • Broker integration
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • HRA
HR tools
Time trackingCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
Extra feesExtra fees
(Paychex Flex)(Paychex Flex)
(Premium and Elite)(Premium and Elite)
Extra feesExtra fees
Team directory and org chartCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
Extra feesExtra fees
Time-off requestsCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
Extra feesExtra fees
(Time & Attendance subscribers)(Time & Attendance subscribers)
Online offer lettersCheckmark
Extra feesExtra fees
Secure document vault and e-signingCheckmark
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
Custom employee handbookCheckmark(Premium and HR add-on)
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
(Paychex Flex)(Paychex Flex)
(Elite)(Elite)
Extra feesExtra fees
Job description and policy templatesCheckmark(Premium and HR add-on)
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
(Premium and Elite)(Premium and Elite)
Extra feesExtra fees
Proactive compliance updatesCheckmark(Premium and HR add-on)
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
(Premium and Elite)(Premium and Elite)
Extra feesExtra fees
Certified HR prosCheckmark(Premium and HR add-on)
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
(Paychex Flex)(Paychex Flex)
(Elite)(Elite)
Extra feesExtra fees
Direct phone line for dedicated supportCheckmark(Premium and HR add-on)
(Run Complete & HR)(Run Complete & HR)
(Elite)(Elite)
No phones
Custom Onboarding ChecklistCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
Software ProvisioningCheckmark(Plus and Premium)
 Extra fees Extra fees
Integrations
QuickBooksCheckmark
XeroCheckmark
Google (G-suite) SSOCheckmark
Extra feesExtra fees

*Competitive data on this page was collected as of June 27th, 2022 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.

“Gusto can scale with my growing business.”

94% of surveyed Gusto customers1

88% of customers say Gusto is easier

than their previous software1

“It gives me more time to run my business.”

85% of surveyed Gusto customers1

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