Paychex Flex Pricing – Costs and Pricing Models

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Paychex Flex is cloud-based human resources (HR) and payroll software that empowers businesses to streamline their processes. Administrators can process payroll in just two clicks, and they can rely on built-in safeguards to ensure payroll runs are accurate. Employees can also access Paychex Flex to see their paystubs and make changes to their records.

In this post, we’ll describe Paychex Flex’s pricing in detail.

How much does Paychex Flex cost?

Paychex offers three pricing packages clients can choose based on their needs.

Below are the details of each package.

Paychex Flex Pricing Models

Paychex Flex Essentials

Paychex Flex Essentials costs $39 per month, plus $5 per employee, per month. It’s intended for small business owners, and it includes the following features:

  • Online payroll processing
  • Tax administration
  • New-hire reporting
  • A mobile app
  • General ledger reports
  • Standard templates for reports
  • Automatic W-2 and 1099 forms
  • HR and business forms
  • Labor compliance poster kit
  • Direct deposit
  • Check printing
  • Garnishment payment services
  • Financial wellness tools
  • Employee onboarding
  • U.S.-based customer support via email, phone or chat

Paychex Flex Select

Paychex Flex Select includes all of the features of the Paychex Flex Essentials package, plus:

  • Paychex Learning Management System
  • Dedicated payroll specialist

Paychex Flex Pro

Paychex Flex Pro includes all of the features of the Paychex Flex Select package, plus:

  • State unemployment insurance services
  • A general ledger service
  • Integration with general ledgers in accounting software
  • Paychex Employee Screening Essentials (background checks)
  • Workers’ compensation payment services
  • Employee handbook builder

Pricing for the Paychex Flex Select and Paychex Flex Pro packages isn’t publicly available. Contact the vendor directly for a quote.

Can I use Paychex Flex for free?

Paychex doesn’t offer a free trial or a free plan.

However, prospective clients can demo the software with a Paychex sales rep.


Paychex Flex Essentials may be the best fit for small businesses that don’t need advanced functionality. Potential clients can simply sign up via the vendor’s website.

Companies that are interested in the Paychex Flex Select or Paychex Flex Pro packages will have to contact the vendor for a tailored quote.