Accounting Clerk Salary

Median pay for Accounting Clerks in the United States is around $14.70 per hour. In the world of Accounting Clerks, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $43K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $3K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Accounting Clerks (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,476 - $46,081

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$10.90 - $19.16

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,476 - $46,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$102.65 - $3,105  
Commission
$900 - $5,000  
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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$24,039 - $43,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $19.16  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $29.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Commission
$900 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$102.65 - $3,105  
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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$24,039 - $43,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,119
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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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Accounting Clerks' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Accounting Manager. The average Accounting Manager brings home $60K per year. The most common promotion for Accounting Clerks is Staff Accountant, a position that typically pays $43K annually. Another standard transition for Accounting Clerks seeking advancement is to assume an Accounts Payable Clerk role, where pay is often $30K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $27K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $36K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Account Management, Collections, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Accounting Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Clerks, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent less).

Accounting Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

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



Collections
up arrow 4%

Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Billing
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Banking
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Bookkeeping
0%

Data Processing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1111 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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