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Accounting Clerk Salary

Median pay for Accounting Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.52 per hour. In the world of Accounting Clerks, overall income ranges from $24K near the bottom to $43K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of Accounting Clerks (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Accounting Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$26,300 - $46,012
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MEDIAN: $34,873
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$10.76 - $18.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,300 - $46,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
Profit Sharing
$102.65 - $3,050  
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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$23,805 - $42,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $18.85  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $28.94  
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 - $2,053  
   
Commission
$500 - $3,100  
Profit Sharing
$102.65 - $3,050  
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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$23,805 - $42,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,914
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Job Description for Accounting Clerk

An accounting clerk job description is multi-pronged. Accounting clerks are expected to work closely with specific financial applications/software that the business or company utilizes. Additionally, they are required to handle accounts from a multitude of both Federal and private sources. Accounting clerks are usually under the supervision of Financial Managers within a specific department, and are expected to perform financial verifications and also prepare and submit various health or tax applications (depending on their area of expertise) and interview prospective applicants.

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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 bring home $59K per year. Going from Accounting Clerk to Staff Accountant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $43K. Many others choose to work as Accounts Payable Clerks, where pay is typically $30K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


Bringing up the rear, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc's median pay of $27K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $34K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Collections, Account Management, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Most people who know Accounts Payable also 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.


For Accounting Clerks, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $33K. Accounting Clerks see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Accounting Clerks, 29 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (5 percent lower and 2 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%

Account Management
up arrow 4%

Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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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
0%

National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
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Quickbooks
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1154 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
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 24%