Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Salary

Women comprise the majority of Accounts Payable Administrators in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.36 per hour on average. In the world of Accounts Payable Administrators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $51K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,435 - $53,127
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,321
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$12.29 - $21.65
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,435 - $53,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,106  
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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$27,147 - $51,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $21.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$16.83 - $33.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,106  
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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$27,147 - $51,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 680
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Job Description for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator

Accounts payable (A/P) administrators (or managers) are responsible for the daily management of staff in the accounting department for a business. Their staff members can include accounts payable clerks and bookkeepers. They ensure the accuracy and timeliness of processes and payments. They are also responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state government requirements. At times, they serve as a liaison for outside vendors, corresponding with them and responding to their inquiries.

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Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Tasks

  • Calculate the money a company owes and send payments to vendors.
  • Review invoices for accuracy and work to resolve discrepancies.
  • Manage a company’s vendor billing system and update vendor files.

Common Career Paths for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator


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While Accounts Payable Administrators do not often become Accounts Payable Supervisors, the job pays $45K per year on average. A common career progression for an Accounts Payable Administrator is to become an Office Manager or a Staff Accountant. Compared to Accounts Payable Administrators, the first group earns $1K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator


Survey results imply that Accounts Payable Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with General Ledger Accounting and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed in Data Entry and Quickbooks.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Accounts Payable Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. For Accounts Payable Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. 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 $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,886

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

For Accounts Payable Administrators, New York provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Accounts Payable Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), Rockford (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Sacramento. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator?

Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator in Cape Girardeau:
"Deciphering numbers."
Pros: I get to challenge myself and I've been needing that. I love it when I figure out a problem that has had me stumped for a couple minutes. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I walk away for the day and see my shelf empty, I entered and reconciled all of that. And I constantly keep trying to find ways to save money for the owner.
Cons: I see the financial binds my owner may sometimes be in. I then feel like I put that burden on myself and I should think of ways to bring up his profit. He probably gets tired of my suggestions but I care!

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Experience Affects Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 26%

Payroll Administration
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Accounting
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Accounts Receivable
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Paying Invoices
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$37,000

Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Entry
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Service
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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