HR Software

How Much Does ADP Workforce Now Cost?

February 15, 2021
Brett Ungashick

ADP is the most established and well-known payroll company in the world and offers a full suite of HR technology and supporting services. With so many packages and service offerings, it can be hard to gauge ADP's total costs. Learn more here


How Much Does ADP Cost?

Note: ADP offers numerous software platforms, but their flagship solution is ADP Workforce Now. That is the system that is being referred to throughout this article.

ADP charges companies on a per employee per month basis. A typical ADP Workforce Now subscription can cost anywhere from $15-24 PEPM, depending on the size of your company and the modules included in your scope.

ADP also offers outsourced compliance, payroll and benefits services, called Comprehensive Services. When those costs are included, the total can range from $28-50 PEPM.

In addition to the software fees, ADP will typically charge a one-time implementation fee. ADP's implementation fees are typically about 15-25% of the annual software fees (i.e., $15-25K implementation fee on a $100K annual purchase)

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What Modules Are Included with ADP Workforce Now?
  • Payroll
  • Benefits Admin
  • HR / Employee Files
  • Time & Attendance
  • Onboarding
  • Recruiting / ATS
  • Performance
  • Compensation
  • Learning

ADP Workforce Now can serve as a full-suite, one-stop-shop for most businesses offering a broad set of tools covering both Core HR (payroll, benefits admin, time & attendance, HRIS) and Talent Management (recruiting, performance, comp, learning). In addition to their software offerings, ADP can also provide managed services that allow companies to outsource back office tasks like payroll processing, benefits management and compliance tracking.

Who is ADP?

ADP often doesn't need an introduction. They are the world's largest payroll provider. Nearly 1 in every 6 Americans has their payroll processed by ADP and the US government uses ADP's data to determine the unemployment rate.

While ADP has a well-known specialization in payroll, they have continued to invest and grow their HR management capabilities. Workforce Now is their flagship HRIS platform and is used by companies as small as 30 employees and as large as 300,000.

One of the unique things about ADP is the breadth of ancillary services that they can provide, compared to their HRIS peers. ADP's offers a full PEO offering and outsourced services - called Comp Services.

Learn More: Request a vendor report comparing ADP and their competitors

What Sized Companies Fit ADP Best?

ADP Workforce Now is considered a Mid-Market HRIS, which means the system works best for companies with between 75 and 750 employees. Mid-Market solutions are designed to be an all-in-one HRIS for companies with fairly standard HR requirements.

Mid-Market solutions typically take about 3 months to implement and do not require external consultants to successfully implement and manage the solutions. Mid-Market solutions can be limited in how scalable they are, due to a lack of custom workflow tools and limited rules engines.

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Brett Ungashick
Brett is the founder of OutSail. He spent the early part of his career selling HR software before switching sides and going to work for the people buying the software.

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