Accounting Clerk Salary

Accounting Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $14.84 per hour on average. The final incomes of Accounting Clerks generally vary between $24K and $44K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $2K, $3K, and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Accounting Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The vast majority (86 percent) of Accounting Clerks who took the survey are female. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,524 - $46,946
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$47K
MEDIAN: $35,580
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$10.99 - $19.51
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$11
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,524 - $46,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,404  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $3,036  
Commission
$-0.50 - $5,960  
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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$24,154 - $43,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.99 - $19.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.79 - $29.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,404  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $3,036  
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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$24,154 - $43,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,527
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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

  • Sort documents and post debits/credits to proper account .
  • Verify amounts and codes on various forms for accuracy.
  • Balance entries and make necessary corrections.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Clerk


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At the upper end, Accounting Clerks who move into an Accounting Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Accounting Managers is a much higher $60K per year. More often than not, a Staff Accountant role is the next step for Accounting Clerks moving up in the field. Staff Accountants usually make $44K per year. Many other Accounting Clerks choose to take on an Accounts Payable Clerk role, where salaries are typically $31K.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Account Management, Collections, and Banking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent 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.


For Accounting Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Accounting Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,395

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

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Accounting Clerks in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Accounting Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are San Antonio and Orlando (6 percent lower).

Accounting Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

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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Experience Affects Accounting Clerk Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Clerk Salaries




Banking
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Billing
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Processing
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Bookkeeping
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1152 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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