Median pay for Accounts Payable Administrators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.43 per hour. Total cash compensation to Accounts Payable Administrators varies from $28K to $52K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up the vast majority of Accounts Payable Administrators (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,690 - $54,130
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$54K
MEDIAN: $41,111
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$12.71 - $22.26
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,690 - $54,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,953  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$27,817 - $51,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.71 - $22.26  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $33.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$27,817 - $51,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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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

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

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


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At the upper end, Accounts Payable Administrators who move into an Accounting Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Accounting Managers is a much higher $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Accounts Payable Administrator often leads to becoming an Office Manager or a Staff Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $1K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator


Accounts Payable Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, Microsoft Office, Accounting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Accounts Payable Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Accounts Payable Administrators make a median salary of $41K. Accounts Payable Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,425

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

Accounts Payable Administrators will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Accounts Payable Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Rockford (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Las Vegas. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Sacramento (11 percent less) and Salt Lake City (8 percent less).

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

Payroll Administration
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
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Accounting
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Paying Invoices
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

General Ledger Accounting
0%

National Average
$37,000

Accounts Payable
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Data Entry
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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