Professional employer organization solutions have become essential for every modern business. PEO technologies allow organizations to rapidly manage everything employee-related — from onboarding to payroll to benefits and taxes.

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Payroll Benefits and health Time tracking HR lifecycle Skills and training Compliance IT Customer support Starting price
Gusto Yes Yes, but not all 50 U.S. states Yes Yes Limited Yes Yes Yes
Limited to business hours
$40/mo + $6/mo/employee
OnPay Yes Yes, all 50 U.S. states. No Yes No Yes No Yes $40/mo + $6/mo/employee
Rippling Yes Yes, all 50 U.S. states. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $8/mo/employee
Paychex Yes Yes, all 50 U.S. states. Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
24/7 support
$35/mo + $5/mo/employee
Justworks Yes Yes, all 50 U.S. states. Yes but limited to plan Yes No Yes No Yes
24/7 support
Papaya Global Yes, Global Yes Limited Limited Limited Yes, global No Yes, working $20/mo/employee

Top PEO companies of 2023

Driven by the increase of hybrid work , the need for companies to rapidly scale and the benefits that come with digitalization, top PEO companies continue to trend.

From automation to data-driven decision-making, PEO tech innovates to allow businesses to do more with less. Competing PEO companies provide solutions that help businesses cut costs, do rapid onboarding, automate tax and payroll, and manage remote equipment. These solutions aim to be a one-stop shop for the entire employee lifecycle.

These are the top PEO companies for 2023.


The Gusto logo.
Image: Gusto

Gusto is one of the most popular PEO solutions for good reasons. The technology is designed for small and big businesses and presents itself as an all-in-one HR platform with the necessary tools to hire, pay and manage teams.

Gusto also allows integration and can automatically file taxes, run compliance reports and do rapid onboarding. On the downside, despite having extensive features, Gusto has several limitations. It is strictly focused on HR, for example, and users complain to review aggregators about customer support and the complexity of adhering to specific U.S. state legislation.

Gusto Payroll dashboard.
Image: Gusto. Gusto Payroll dashboard.


  • Payroll: Automatically files your payroll taxes. Offers unlimited payrolls and manual and automatic options. Provides payroll visualization and auto-employee hours sync.
  • Employee benefits : Offers the Gusto Wallet app for visualization and more. Supports HR with tools to manage health and financial benefits, automatic savings, 401(k)s and more.
  • Time and attendance: Dashboard to manage your team’s hours, time off, holidays, workforce costs, geolocalization and more.
  • Hiring and onboarding: Runs public job posts and offer letters, provides checklists for onboarding, sets up software for new teams and can integrate with third-party apps.
  • Skill and resources: Allows companies to access professional HR experts and resources, and provides tools to create a culture that retains talent and offers opportunities to develop skills and grow.
  • Compliance Integrations: Manages workers’ compensation adhering to state laws.
  • Customer support: Available Monday through Friday from 6 am to 5 pm Pacific Time. Live support within working hours.


  • All-in-one platform.
  • Attractive features, especially for startups and small and medium businesses.
  • Easy to use interface.


  • Aggregate review sites reveal complaints about slow responding customer support.
  • Health benefits do not cover all U.S. states. Not available as of February 2023 in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Charges a fixed fee per month plus per monthly fee per employee; therefore, when a company expands or if it has a large workforce, the pricing can rapidly become very expensive.


Gusto offers three plans: Simple, starting at $40 per month plus $6 per month per employee, then Plus at $80 per month plus $12 per month per employee, and Premium, with price available upon request. The company also offers limited-time discounts.