Accounting Clerk Salary

Median pay for Accounting Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.84 per hour. The final incomes of Accounting Clerks generally vary between $24K and $44K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $2K, $3K, and $6K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Accounting Clerks (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,524 - $46,946
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$27K
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MEDIAN: $35,580
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$10.99 - $19.51
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,524 - $46,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,404  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $3,036  
Commission
$-0.50 - $5,960  
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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$24,154 - $43,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.99 - $19.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.79 - $29.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,404  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$102.34 - $3,036  
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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$24,154 - $43,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,527
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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 who go on to become Accounting Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Accounting Managers is $60K annually. The most common career progression for Accounting Clerks leads to becoming a Staff Accountant, where average pay is $44K annually. However, many Accounting Clerks also opt to become Accounts Payable Clerks. Typically, an Accounts Payable Clerk brings home $31K.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey takers working as Accounting Clerks report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Account Management, Collections, and Banking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $34K. Accounting Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,395

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Accounting Clerks, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. San Antonio and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

Accounting Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

Accounting Clerk in Fresno:
Pros: Learning new things about the balance sheet. Learning about the company and finding places for improvement.
Cons: The culture.

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




Banking
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Billing
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Processing
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Bookkeeping
0%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$32,000

Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1152 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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