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Accounting Clerk Salary

Accounting Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $14.66 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Accounting Clerks bottoms out near $24K and approaches $43K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. There are far more female Accounting Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While around one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,518 - $46,182
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,196
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$10.85 - $19.06
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$11
$15
$19
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
$26,518 - $46,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $3,097  
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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$23,989 - $43,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $19.06  
   
Overtime
$15.54 - $29.20  
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 - $2,069  
   
Commission
$500 - $3,100  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $3,097  
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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$23,989 - $43,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,042
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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. The most common career progression for Accounting Clerks leads to becoming a Staff Accountant, where average pay is $43K annually. However, many Accounting Clerks also opt to become Accounts Payable Clerks. Typically, an Accounts Payable Clerk brings home $30K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is just $27K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $36K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks seem to exploit a large range of 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 of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed 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.


Accounting Clerks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Accounting Clerks that is 23 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 (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). In Miami, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Tulsa (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

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 1135 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: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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