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how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

I want to set up an employee to be paid by the piece instead of by the hour.  If I use timesheets, I can post to the correct item within the job budget by then I have to use hours which doesn't work.  If I don't use timesheets and just create a paycheck, I can use a quantity of 1 and enter the amount of the piece work but in my perfect world, I would be able to enter a quantity and a price per piece associated with it.  Anyone know if that can be done?

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Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Yes, use a Commission type item, which will let you enter a Qty and a Rate.

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Anonymous
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Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Yes, use a Commission type item, which will let you enter a Qty and a Rate.

View solution in original post

Level 2

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

 Now that I have it set up properly and am entering line items for payroll how can I run a report to see what I've entered before I committ it to a paycheck?  I have several line items with several different jobs and I can't see it all in the Preview Paycheck window. I would like to print out the info to double check my data entry before I process the paycheck and post to the job.  I can't find any report so I ran the payroll but the paystub lumps similar rates as one line item and the jobs don't print on the stub.  Any help in where I can find a report that give me this info would be great!

QuickBooks Team

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Hello, @cp1014.

 

Allow me to join the thread and help share information about running payroll reports in QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT).

 

As of now, we don't have the option to open/run a report showing the items entered for payroll before creating a paycheck. I want to ensure customers like you are having the best possible experience while working with QBDT. If you want to run a report showing the items you've entered before creating a paycheck, I suggest sending feedback straight to our Product Developers/Engineers.

 

To send feedback:

 

  1. Go to Help at the top menu bar.
  2. Select on Send Feedback Online.
  3. Click on Product Suggestion.

Also, to learn more about running and customizing reports in QBDT, you may check this article: Customize reports in QuickBooks Desktop.

 

Keep me posted if you have any other questions about running reports, I'd be glad to help you. Have a good day ahead!

Level 2

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Thank you for that info.  I submitted the feedback.  One other question is that the line items that I enter in the Payroll Preview screen do not show up on the paystub so the employee also doesn't know what jobs they are getting paid for.  Is this a setting somewhere?  I can't find it if it is but it seems useless to enter all that info on the paycheck and not have it show up for the employee to see. 

QuickBooks Team

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Hello there, cp1014.

 

Let me share some insights about the information displayed on pay stubs.

 

If you're referring to the Customer Job entered on the paycheck detail window, this will not show on the pay stub. All Employee paid taxes will show on your employees pay stubs.

 

I'd appreciate if you can send us this idea as a product suggestion. Sending your feedback online is a big help for us to determine the features that need to be added to our product.

 

You may want to check out this article to know which information can be customize to display on pay stubs: Customize a paycheck voucher or pay stub.

 

Here's how you can send your feedback request: 

  1. Go to Help.
  2. Click Send Feedback Online.
  3. Choose Product Suggestion.
  4. Type in your feedback and click Send Feedback.

Just in case you need help with something else from our technical support, feel free to reach them out through the steps below:

  1. Sign in to your QuickBooks Online company.
  2. Click the Help icon in the upper right of the screen.
  3. Select Contact US on the pop-up. 
  4. Enter what you're needing assistance with in the How can we help? field and choose Continue
  5. Click Get a callback.
  6. Enter your contact information.
  7. Select Call me.

Let me know how it goes and if you have further questions while working with reports in QBO. I'm always glad to help.

Level 1

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Hello my name is Julia.  When I do commission, I cannot see the quantity?  thank you for all and future assistance.

Level 1

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

How do I enter the quantity, I have Quickbooks Online?

QuickBooks Team

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Hi there, MAGEXPRESS.


Allow me to join the conversation and point you in the right direction about setting up employee’s pay by the piece.


Adding the piece rate wage is currently available in the desktop version. In QBO, you can use the Other Earnings option and rename it.

 

  1. In your QBO company, go to Workers on the left panel and choose Employees.
  2. Under How much do you pay this employee? click Add additional pay types.
  3. Click Even more ways to pay this employee.
  4. Mark the box for Other Earnings, click the Pencil icon to change its name.
  5. Enter a name in the field box.
  6. Make sure to select the pay type so it appears when you create a paycheck.
  7. Click Done.

After adding the pay type, you’ll have to manually multiply the amount to the quantity. Once you have the information handy, enter it to the paycheck.


For more in-depth information about adding a custom pay type, check out this article: Other earnings.


We strive to provide better features so customers can efficiently manage their business. Rest assured, I’ll let you know once there’s an update about this.

 

You can also visit the QBO Blog to look for updates on what products, services, and apps are available.

 

This should point you in the right direction.

 

Let me know how this turns out by leaving me a comment. I’ll be right here to assist further.  

 

Level 1

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

There is nothing more frustrating than reading an article like this and being unable to find the menu items mentioned. Here, the responder instructs to go to "Workers" and "click on how much do you pay this employee?" Okay. Well...in my version of QBO there is no such question. When I click on "Workers" I must then choose between "Employees" and "Contractors." I choose Employees. It then brings me to a list of my employees. Nowhere is there a question that asks how much I pay this employee. Thinking that perhaps I must choose to edit an employee, I pick one to edit. It brings me to the screen attached. Once again, nowhere does it ask me how much I pay this employee. Incredibly frustrating. Useless help.

QuickBooks Team

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Please know that this isn’t the type of service we want you to experience, @MVG1.

 

You need to click the employee's name that you want to pay. Let me show you how to do it.

 

Here's how: 

  1. From the left menu, select the Workers.
  2. Click Employees.
  3. Choose the Employee that you want to pay, then click Edit employee.
  4. In step 4 Under How much do you pay this employee? Click Add additional pay types.
  5. Mark the box for Other Earnings, click the Pencil icon to change its name.
  6. Enter a name in the field box.
  7. Make sure to select the payment type so it appears when you create a paycheck.
  8. Click Done.

Once done, you’ll have to manually multiply the amount to the quantity. Once you have the information handy, enter it to the paycheck.

 

For more reference, you can read this article: Add or Change Pay Types in Online Payroll 

 

Feel free to click the Reply button if you have any other concerns. I'm always here to help. Have a great day!

Level 1

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Doesn't work. 
 
Something is missing with these instructions. If I follow them to the letter they take me straight to the screen shot I uploaded. There are no "steps" (step one, step two, etc). Could it be that you're taking for granted that QuickBooks payroll has been activated or something? In my case, we use Gusto for payroll. So I'm guessing the "steps" you're referring to only populate when your payroll service is being used. Yes?
 
Other than that, we aren't looking at the same software program. Happy to get on a screen share with you and show you what I'm seeing.

 

Moderator

Re: how to pay employee by the piece instead of by the hour?

Thanks for the detailed information, MVG1.

 

Yes. An active QuickBooks Payroll subscription should be enabled in the system, so you'll get through adding an earnings or any additional pay types to the employee's profile. 

 

The following articles will provide more information:

If you'd like to get an assistance from one of our payroll experts, you can follow these steps:

 

  1. Sign in to your QuickBooks Online (QBO) account.
  2. From the Help icon, click on the Contact us button.
  3. Enter your concern in the What can we help you with? field and select Let's talk.
  4. Choose either Get a callback or Start messaging.

From there, they have more tools to perform a screen-sharing session.

 

Leave a comment below if you have other questions. I'm always glad to help. Wishing you a good one.

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