Adding Employee Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes

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Adding Employee Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes


The state of Washington requires all employers with SUTA-liable employees to report SOC codes or job titles starting with the Q4 2022 SUTA tax filing.

What are SOC codes?
SOC stands for Standard Occupational Classification. These codes help government agencies and private businesses compare occupational data.

What if my employee works more than one job type for me?

Only one code can be reported each quarter. Choose one that fits the majority of the employee’s work.

Which employees need a SOC code?

Any employee who had earnings subject to SUTA for that quarter will need to have a SOC code reported, including employees who are currently inactive. Employees who are exempt from SUTA will not have the option to enter the SOC code because it is not needed.

How to add SOC codes to employees in Washington

Finding your employee SOC code for Washington state SUTA reporting is easy. Patriot offers an on-page search tool.

Payroll > Employee List > {Employee Name} > Pay Info. Click Edit. Down the page, find the section labeled “Position Info” and then “Standard Occupational Classification (SOC).”

If you know your employee’s SOC code, you can begin searching by keyword or SOC code by clicking in the field box. Select the SOC code that applies to your employee. Click “Save Employee” at the bottom of the page.

Using the SOC Lookup Tool

If you don’t know your employee SOC code, click the “Use SOC Code Lookup Tool” link beneath the SOC input field. The lookup tool module will give you a list of 4 dropdowns that progressively narrow down to the code you will need to enter. Once you have found the employee SOC code, click “Apply Code” then “Save Employee.”

You can also use our “bulk entry” page to add all of your employee SOC codes at once. Go to Settings > Payroll Settings > Washington SOC Bulk Upload.

SOC Reporting

You can find your employee SOC codes under Reports > Payroll Tax Reports > Payroll Tax Liabilities. Under the “SUTA Taxes” section you will find the SOC for each employee. As a Full-Service Payroll customer, Patriot will report these SOC codes when we file your SUTA taxes. Basic Payroll customers can use this report to do their own filing.

Also, check out our help article, “Adding Washington Employee Workers Comp Information.”

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