Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Accounts Payable Administrators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.36 per hour. Total cash compensation to Accounts Payable Administrators approaches anywhere from $27K on the lower end to $51K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Accounts Payable Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,435 - $53,127
(Median)
$29K
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$53K
MEDIAN: $40,321
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$12.29 - $21.65
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Accounts Payable Administrators do not often transition into Accounts Payable Supervisor roles. The role averages $45K per year. The most common next step for an Accounts Payable Administrator is to become an Office Manager or a Staff Accountant. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable (A/P) Administrator


Accounts Payable Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. Most people who know Accounts Payable also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Accounts Payable Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. For Accounts Payable Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,886

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Accounts Payable Administrators, 30 percent above the national average. Accounts Payable Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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
up arrow 11%

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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