Accounting Clerk Salary

The average Accounting Clerk in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.68 per hour. Total incomes of Accounting Clerks incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $43K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Clerks (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Accounting Clerks. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,429 - $46,158
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,211
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$10.90 - $19.12
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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
$26,429 - $46,158  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
Profit Sharing
$102.84 - $3,103  
Commission
$203.47 - $4,913  
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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$24,049 - $43,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $19.12  
   
Overtime
$15.54 - $29.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
   
Commission
$203.47 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$102.84 - $3,103  
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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$24,049 - $43,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,076
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Accounting Manager. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. More often than not, a Staff Accountant role is the next step for Accounting Clerks moving up in the field. Staff Accountants usually make $43K per year. Many other Accounting Clerks choose to take on an Accounts Payable Clerk role, where salaries are typically $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 Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to know 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.


Accounting Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $33K. Accounting Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Accounting Clerks that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Accounting Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Orlando (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
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
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Billing
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Banking
up arrow 1%

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 1118 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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