The best payroll for small businesses

60,000 businesses love Gusto because it’s easy to use, saves time and offers expert support

  • 4 out of 5 customers say Gusto is easier to use than their previous payroll provider
  • Gusto automatically calculates, deposits, and files your payroll taxes
  • Super simple pricing means no annual contracts or hidden fees of any kind

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$45 a month

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Privacy and compliance are our top priorities

Gusto is the Expert's Choice for Payroll

Editors’ Rating:

Excellent! It might make paying your employees an enjoyable experience.

5/5 average
768 reviews

It’s SIMPLE!!! One of few products / software I unequivocally love!

Based on
816 reviews

The best payroll company I have ever worked with and the least expensive.

Payroll features

The ultimate small business payroll, for a single flat monthly price

Pay employees via direct deposit or paper check. Split payments to multiple accounts. Direct charitable donations. Unlimited monthly, weekly, biweekly, and off-cycle payroll.

Federal, State, & Local Taxes

Automatic payment of taxes and filing of your Federal State & local tax forms. Includes W-2, 1099, 940, 8974, 941, state, and local forms.

Benefits Administration

Administer pre-tax benefits and deductions for healthcare, 401(k), commuter benefits, savings plans, life insurance, and more.

Time Tracking

Employees enter their hours directly. Managers approve hours. Gusto takes care of the rest.

Mobile & Tablet Friendly

Access your accounts or run payroll from your smartphone or tablet.

Email & Phone Support

Legendary customer support. Email, call, or live chat and be connected directly to a real person.


Deduct for garnishments. Send child support payments (excl. South Carolina).

Payroll on AutopilotTM

Set autopilot so payroll runs automatically just before the pay period deadline.

Vacation & Sick Days

Set PTO policies. Approve and track vacation and sick day requests. Syncs with your calendar.

Contractor Payments

Pay contractors as part of your payroll so everything is in one place and easy to track. We even do the 1099s.


Integrates with all the leading accounting software including QuickBooks, Xero, FreshBooks, and more.

Reports & Dashboards

Create reports of payroll, bank transactions, contractor payments, PTO, tax, and more.

Multiple Pay Rates

Employees can have multiple pay rates for different types of work performed.


Add your accountant, bookkeeper, or team member, and give them custom levels of control or access.

Digital Forms & Signatures

Banish all those bits of paper. Never sign or file another paper form.

Expense Integration

Automatically sync expense reports with Receipt Bank & send payment to employees.

FICA Tip Credit

Restaurants get automated reporting for FICA Tip Credit tax incentives.

Calendar Sync

Payroll deadlines, birthdays, and work anniversaries all sync to your calendar (Google Calendar, Outlook, & Apple iCal).

Employee Self-Service Portal

Employees enter their information online. The self-service portal lets them make changes to the address and bank account details, set tax withholding, print old pay stubs, etc.

“Setup is easy”

90% of customers say it is easy to set up Gusto

  • 1 Sign up Enter your company details
  • 2 Set up employee accounts They can do it themselves, right online
  • 3 Get your team paid Run payroll, just like that
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Pricing plans

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Try 1 month FREE
$6/mo per person
plus $39/mo base


Payroll & HR Tools
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$12/mo per person
plus $39/mo base


Payroll & HR Pros
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$12/mo per person
plus $149/mo base
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Full-service payroll
Unlimited payrolls
All 50 states
Tax filings and payments
State and Federal Unemployment Insurance
W-2s and 1099s
Multiple pay rates and schedules
Tip credits
Direct deposit
Paid-time-off policy tracking
Accounting integrations
Time-tracking integrations
State new hire reporting
Payroll reports
Employee self-service
Paystubs and tax forms
Lifetime access
Payroll self-onboarding
Payday emails
New hire welcome
Employee profiles
Teams, departments, managers
E-sign I-9 and W-4
Calendar reminders
Health benefits administration
Licensed benefits advising
Online enrollment
Employee support
ACA, HIPAA, ERISA compliance
Workers’ comp administration
Integrated pay-as-you-go policies
Automated billing
Online estimates
Best-in-class support
Unlimited phone, email, chat
Administrative permissions
Customizable admin permissions
Employee offers and onboarding
Online offer letters
Secure document vault
E-sign custom documents
Time management tools
Simple time tracking
Time-off requests
Automated payroll sync
Calendar sync
Holiday pay
Employee directory
Org chart
Coworker directory and fun facts
Custom fields
Employee surveys
Anonymous employee surveys
Survey trend analysis
Actionable feedback
Certified HR Pros
Unlimited ask the pro
HR compliance help
Employee relations advising
HR resource center
Custom employee handbook
Job description templates
HR guides and policy templates
Harassment prevention training
Proactive compliance updates
Dedicated support
Dedicated support team
Direct line for phone support

Gusto integrates with
all your favorite software

See why 60,000+ businesses


Can you imagine loving your payroll, benefits, and HR provider? It’s possible! Just Google us and see
  • PC Mag Best Online Payroll of 2018
  • PC Mag Best Online HR of 2018
  • 768 reviews
    5 star average on Capterra
  • 813 reviews
    4.5 star average on Software Advice
  • 816 reviews
    4.8 star average on Trust Pilot
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