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Accounting Clerk Salary

An average Accounting Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.61 per hour. Total cash earnings of Accounting Clerks range from $24K on the low end to $43K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $3K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the specific company are influential factors as well. Accounting Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,367 - $46,051
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$26K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,083
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$10.82 - $18.97
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,367 - $46,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
Profit Sharing
$101.22 - $3,098  
Commission
$500 - $3,100  
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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$23,882 - $43,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $18.97  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $29.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
   
Commission
$500 - $3,100  
Profit Sharing
$101.22 - $3,098  
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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$23,882 - $43,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,981

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Accounting Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Staff Accountant role is the most common promotion for Accounting Clerks moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $43K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Accounting Clerks is an Accounts Payable Clerk position, where earnings are usually $30K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $36K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $27K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounting Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Account Management, Collections, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. It is often found that people who know Accounts Payable are 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.


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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $33K. Accounting Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Clerks, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Tulsa (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Accounting Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

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
up arrow 2%

Billing
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Data Processing
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Banking
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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 1155 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: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%