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Accounting Clerk Salary

Accounting Clerks in the United States take home an average $14.62 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. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. While around one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Accounting Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more female Accounting Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,496 - $46,144
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,100
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$10.82 - $19.01
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$11
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$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
$26,496 - $46,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
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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$23,913 - $43,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $19.01  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $29.09  
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 - $2,065  
   
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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$23,913 - $43,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,020

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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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As Accounting Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Accounting Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Accounting Managers earn $59K on average per year. 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 Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounting Clerks deploy a deep pool of 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 of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. The majority of those 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.


Accounting Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounting Clerks, 24 percent higher than the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). In Miami, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Orlando and 6 percent less in Tulsa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Data Processing
up arrow 1%

Banking
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1141 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%
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