Last updated: June 25th, 2020*

A quick and easy comparison guide

Gusto vs ADP

Payroll software makes it easier to pay and support your team. But how do you decide which software is best for your business?

Below, you can compare Gusto with Run Powered by ADP, ADP's payroll and HR solution for small businesses. You’ll see how these two platforms stack up when it comes to payroll, benefits, HR tools, customer service, and more.

ADP vs Gusto

Compare pricing and features: Gusto vs ADP

Gusto ADP Run
Pricing
Monthly fee Starting at $39/mo. + $6/mo. per user No upfront pricing
Setup fee Free dollar icon Extra fees
Payroll
Unlimited payrolls checkmark icon dollar icon Pay per payroll
Automated federal and state tax filing checkmark icon checkmark icon
Direct deposit checkmark icon checkmark icon
File W-2s checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees
File 1099s checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees
Multiple pay rates and schedules checkmark icon checkmark icon
Multiple states checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees
Contractor payments checkmark icon checkmark icon
E-sign I-9 and W-4 checkmark icon checkmark icon
Lifetime access for employees checkmark icon x icon
Household employer payroll x icon checkmark icon
International payroll x icon dollar icon Extra fees
Benefits
Health benefits Pay premiums only Premiums + fees
Workers’ comp Pay premiums only Premiums + fees
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
HR tools
Time tracking checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Team directory and org chart checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Time-off requests checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Online offer letters checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Secure document vault and e-signing checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Custom employee handbook checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Job description and policy templates checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Proactive compliance updates checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Certified HR pros checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Direct phone line for dedicated support checkmark icon (Concierge) checkmark icon (Run Complete & HR)
Custom Onboarding Checklist checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) checkmark icon
Software Provisioning checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) x icon
Integrations
QuickBooks checkmark icon checkmark icon
Xero checkmark icon checkmark icon
Google (G-suite) SSO checkmark icon x icon
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What to consider when choosing a payroll provider

Comparison details: Gusto vs ADP

Pricing

Setup and monthly fees

At Gusto, it's easy to get started and you won't pay any fees until you run your first payroll. Monthly fees are straightforward, starting at a base fee of $39 per month, plus an additional $6 per employee per month. Learn more about our product plans and current promotions.

ADP Run often requires a setup fee, and the monthly cost fluctuates depending on features added and number of employees.

Gusto ADP
Monthly fee Starting at $39/mo. + $6/mo. per user No upfront pricing
Setup fee Free dollar icon Extra fees

Payroll

Running payroll

Gusto takes the time-consuming task of running payroll and turns it into a simple, few-click process. Our online software simplifies this complicated task, freeing up your time to focus on your team while we do the heavy lifting, no matter which state your employees live in, how they’re taxed, or what their pay rate may be. You can even set up Gusto to run payroll automatically each pay period.

ADP Run is also a cloud-based system that can be accessed anywhere. This software comes with many features for reporting and can also be set up to issue payroll automatically.

running payroll on Gusto dashboard

Processing payroll

You can run unlimited payrolls with Gusto at no extra cost. ADP Run charges per payroll.

Tax filings

Gusto automatically calculates and files payroll taxes every time you run payroll at no extra charge. Both W-2 forms for your employees and 1099 forms for your contractors are calculated and filed to the appropriate tax agencies right from the platform. Plus, we file end-of-year taxes. ADP Run charges extra fees to file W-2 forms and 1099 forms.

Run payroll in multiple states

We go wherever you go. Gusto can be used compliantly anywhere in the United States. Multiple locations across several states are seamlessly managed through our platform. ADP Run requires extra fees to use in more than one state.

Gusto ADP
Unlimited payrolls checkmark icon dollar icon Pay per payroll
File 1099s checkmark icon dollar icon Extra fees

Benefits

Employee benefits

With more than 3,500 health insurance plans, Gusto’s licensed advisors can help you find the right coverage for your team and your budget. Once you select insurance plans for your team, you can administer all medical, dental, and vision plans through our platform for free.

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Health benefits, financial tools, and so much more

That's why we provide options and guidance to help your team find the right coverage. .

There are other benefits options you can offer your team through Gusto. Our options include 401(k) programs, commuter benefits, life and disability insurance, and Gusto Cashout™, a free benefit for employees to access funds between paydays.

ADP offers workers’ compensation, retirement options via 401(k), and health and business insurance.

Signup costs

With Gusto, there are no administration fees to enroll in workers’ comp or health benefits – you’ll only pay the premiums. Also, there are no set up fees for 401(k) retirement plans and 529 college savings. Learn more about pricing for benefits. ADP Run often charges premiums plus fees.

Gusto ADP
Health benefits Pay premiums only Premiums + fees
Workers’ comp Pay premiums only Premiums + fees

HR tools

Offer letters and onboarding

We can’t wait for your new hires to get started. That’s why our Complete and Concierge plans help you to create and issue offer letters and streamline the employee onboarding process so that you can start your relationship on the right foot. ADP Run supports offer letter generation, but additional fees may apply.

sending an offer letter from Gusto dashboard

Employee self-service

With Gusto, your employees can self-onboard, which means sensitive information is kept strictly confidential. Moreover, our platform offers lifetime access for every employee. That means employees can access their W-2s and other important benefit information even after they leave your company, without you needing to step in. ADP Run also offers a self-enrollment system for employees to submit their own information.

Time tracking

Gusto’s Complete and Concierge plans include access to time tracking tools that automatically sync your team’s hours and time-off with payroll. We also integrate with other popular time tracking tools like Homebase, TSheets, and more. ADP Run Complete & HR plans charge extra fees to track hours and requests for time off.

Gusto ADP
Time tracking checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Time-off requests checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees
Online offer letters checkmark icon (Complete and Concierge) dollar icon Extra fees

Customer service

Support team

All of Gusto’s products come with the full support from our sales and customer support teams, available via phone, email, and chat Monday through Friday. Online FAQ and help center are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ADP products are supported by an online FAQ and chat, in addition to phone support.

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Interested in Gusto?

Our sales team can be reached directly by emailing success@gusto.com, calling (855) 590-3993, or via live chat.

Integrations

Integration capabilities

Gusto integrates with dozens of the most popular accounting, time tracking, point of sale (POS), business operations, and expense management softwares, including FreshBooks, Expensify, Intuit QuickBooks, Homebase, and Accelo. You can see a full list here.

Run Powered By ADP also offers integrations with ERPs, accounting solutions, timesheets, recruiting, benefits, and productivity platforms, including iCIMS, Slack, Oracle, and Xero.

*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.

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