Accounting Clerk Salary

Average Accounting Clerks in the United States make around $15.30 per hour. In the world of Accounting Clerks, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $46K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The vast majority (85 percent) of Accounting Clerks who took the survey are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,430 - $50,054
$27K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,814
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$11.48 - $20.01
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MEDIAN: $15.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,430 - $50,054  
   
Bonus
$352.93 - $4,350  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,045  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$24,697 - $45,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $20.01  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $30.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$352.93 - $4,350  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,045  
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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$24,697 - $45,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,784

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Accounting Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. Career advancement for the typical Accounting Clerk often leads to becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the average salary comes to $27K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Account Management, Banking, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of 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: $33,611

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounting Clerks, 23 percent higher than the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Columbus and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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 566 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Accounting Clerk Salaries

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▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Accounting Clerk Salaries



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▲1%

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Microsoft Office
▼0%

Bookkeeping
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 566 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 26%