Accounting Clerk Salary

Accounting Clerks in the United States take home approximately $15.37 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Accounting Clerks varies from around $25K to approximately $46K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $4K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. There are far more female Accounting Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. One in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,564 - $50,264
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,992
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$11.60 - $20.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,564 - $50,264  
   
Bonus
$301.51 - $4,402  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,055  
Commission
$1,024  
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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$24,845 - $45,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $20.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.63  
Overtime
$17.35 - $30.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$301.51 - $4,402  
   
Commission
$1,024  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,055  
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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$24,845 - $45,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,937

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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

  • 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.
  • Balance entries and make necessary corrections.
  • Sort documents and post debits/credits to proper account .
  • Verify amounts and codes on various forms for accuracy.

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 brings home $61K per year. Typical career progression for an Accounting Clerk involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant, roles that pay $10K more and $11K more on average.

Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


The biggest paychecks can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — the median salary there is $27K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounting Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Account Management, Banking, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Data Entry and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Clerk

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 2,233 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 982 salaries. An experienced Accounting Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 954 salaries. An Accounting Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 496 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,736

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

Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Clerks, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and San Antonio (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Accounting Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

Accounting Clerk in Memphis:
"Office conditions are great and the management."
Pros: I love figuring out numbers and making sure everything is in the right place.
Cons: The first of the month when There is a lot to be done and if one thing is out of place it can hinder the others with time consumption.

Accounting Clerk in South Haven:
"Interesting and varied."
Pros: I like working with the customers, and the staff. I like keeping things organized and being good at what I do.
Cons: Filing.

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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Key Stats for Accounting Clerk

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 640 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Accounting Clerk Salaries

▲8%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$34,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Clerk Salaries



▲3%





Bookkeeping
▼0%

▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Microsoft Word
▼1%

▼1%

▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 640 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 27%
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