How Much Does Paycor Cost?

Explore Paycor's HRIS pricing with OutSail. Paycor, ideal for mid-market companies, offers subscriptions from $19-27 PEPM, varying by company size and modules.

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
July 4, 2023
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How Much Does Paycor Cost?

Compared to Paycor competitors, Paycor is typically a good value option in the mid-market. They charge companies on a per employee per month basis, and a Paycor subscription can cost anywhere from $19-27 PEPM, depending on the size of your company and the modules included in your scope. Paycor payroll pricing depends on the modules included, however.

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In addition to the software fees, Paycor will typically charge a one-time implementation fee. Paycor pricing for implementations are typically about 10-20% of the annual software fees (i.e., $10-20K implementation fee on a $100K annual purchase)

What Modules Are Included with Paycor?
  • Payroll
  • Benefits Administration
  • HR / Employee Files
  • Time & Attendance
  • Onboarding
  • Recruiting / ATS
  • Performance
  • Compensation
  • Learning

For most small to medium sized companies, Paycor can serve as a one-stop-shop for all of their HR-related needs. Paycor started off as a payroll provider, but has expanded their offerings by acquiring leading HR software point solutions and incorporating those tools into their system.

Who is Paycor?

Paycor was founded in Cincinnati in 1990. Paycor started off as a regional payroll software platform focused mostly on small businesses in the Midwest. But over the years, Paycor has developed a full suite of HR software features and moved up-market to serve larger customers.

One of the defining features of Paycor compared to other payroll software companies is how their growth-by-acquisition strategy has enabled their system to be more feature-rich than their peers, especially with their talent management modules (recruiting, performance, engagement). This acquisition-heavy strategy comes at a cost and the Paycor system is not as unified or internally integrated as some peers.

What Sized Companies Fit Paycor Best?

Paycor is considered a Mid-Market HRIS, which means the system works best for companies with between 50 and 500 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 2-3 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.

Paycor is not a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) so they do not offer employee benefits or provide fully outsourced HR services.

Pros and Cons of Paycor
Strengths of Paycor
  • Paycor offers some of the best talent management tools in the mid-market HRIS space, due to their acquisitions of market-leading ATS and performance tools
  • Paycor’s ATS is competitive with standalone point solutions and offers AI sourcing, recruiting dashboards and custom workflows
  • Paycor’s performance tools include goal tracking, pulse surveys, career planning and more
  • Paycor has developed strong scheduling & timekeeping functionality allowing them to better support industries with hourly workforces
  • Focus areas include: healthcare, retail, manufacturing, restaurants and nonprofits
  • Paycor will waive, or steeply discount, implementation fees for customers that hire a 3rd party implementation firm, so clients can more easily hire consultants
Concerns with Paycor
  • Due to their growth by acquisition approach and the multiple databases in the system, Paycor’s reporting tools can be lacking in real-time data
  • Similar to other large, national payroll vendors, Paycor’s support can be hit or miss and they don’t offer implementation project managers for smaller customers
  • Paycor’s mobile user interface is straightforward and easy-to-use but their desktop experience could use a more modern update
  • Paycor does not usually target global companies and doesn’t have any notable integrations with global payroll solutions
  • Paycor’s typical customer is in the 50-350 employee space and their can be scalability concerns for companies with complex needs and reporting structures
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Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
Brett Ungashick, the friendly face behind OutSail, started his career at LinkedIn, selling HR software. This experience sparked an idea, leading him to create OutSail in 2018. Based in Denver, OutSail simplifies the HR software selection process, and Brett's hands-on approach has already helped over 1,000 companies, including SalesLoft, Hudl and DoorDash. He's a go-to guy for all things HR Tech, supporting companies in every industry and across 20+ countries. When he's not demystifying HR tech, you'll find Brett enjoying a round of golf or skiing down Colorado's slopes, always happy to chat about work or play.


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