Median pay for Accounting Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.25 per hour. Cash earnings of Accounting Clerks can occasionally include $4K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $25K to almost $46K. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. There are far more female Accounting Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $36,750
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$11.46 - $19.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,991 - $50,024  
   
Bonus
$392.56 - $4,082  
Profit Sharing
$120.56 - $4,013  
Commission
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,682 - $45,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $19.95  
   
Overtime
$17.37 - $30.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$392.56 - $4,082  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$120.56 - $4,013  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,682 - $45,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,901

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Job Description for Accounting Clerk

Accounting clerks generally work in offices, and travel is not required for the job. They must have exceptional knowledge of all ledger accounts, such as accounts payable/receivable, cash, and many others. These clerks may work only with accounts payable/receivable, while others may coordinate various accounts for their companies, and other duties may include working with both customers and vendors.

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Accounting Clerk Tasks

  • Maintain and make necessary adjustments to records and/or logs such as journals, payroll/ time reports, or property records.
  • Verify and reconcile simple bank statements or department records.
  • Balance entries and make necessary corrections.
  • Sort documents and post debits/credits to proper account .
  • Verify amounts and codes on various forms for accuracy.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Clerk


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For Accounting Clerks, progressing to an Accounting Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Accounting Manager can earn $61K annually. It is quite typical for Accounting Clerks to transition into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, where reported median earnings are $11K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


The biggest paychecks can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — the median salary there is $27K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Account Management, General Ledger Accounting, Banking, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Accounting Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Accounting Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,500

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Accounting Clerks, New York provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+14 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

Accounting Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

Accounting Clerk in Memphis:
"Office conditions are great and the management."
Pros: I love figuring out numbers and making sure everything is in the right place.
Cons: The first of the month when There is a lot to be done and if one thing is out of place it can hinder the others with time consumption.

Accounting Clerk in South Haven:
"Interesting and varied."
Pros: I like working with the customers, and the staff. I like keeping things organized and being good at what I do.
Cons: Filing.

Accounting Clerk in Fresno:
Pros: Learning new things about the balance sheet. Learning about the company and finding places for improvement.
Cons: The culture.

Accounting Clerk in Alpharetta:
"High demand and fast paced job."
Pros: Good management, flexible and understanding of personal life. Positive environment.
Cons: Stress level at times and feeling underpaid for job duties.

Accounting Clerk in Battle Creek:
"Boring because I do not do a lot of accounting."
Pros: I like my job because I pretty much handle my own schedule.
Cons: I do not do a lot of accounting and I do not hold a good position at the credit union yet.

Accounting Clerk in Kansas City:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: The fact that I am getting older I ask God for a job that I could do by sitting down and He blessed me with it.
Cons: There is not enough communication.

Accounting Clerk in Westbrook:
"Work Flexibility, Stress Level Is Pretty Even, Office Is Not Good."
Pros: The people in other departments I like my job, I like what I do. No phone calls usually.
Cons: The office atmosphere is bad. Unfair with the pay. I feel I deserve a lot more for what I do and what I go beyond doing.

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Key Stats for Accounting Clerk

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 563 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Accounting Clerk Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Clerk Salaries





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National Average
$34,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 563 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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