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Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States take home approximately $14.42 per hour on average. In the world of Accounts Payable Clerks, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $41K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of Accounts Payable Clerks who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. For the most part, Accounts Payable Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,830 - $44,113
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$10.89 - $18.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,830 - $44,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
Profit Sharing
$299.20 - $3,244  
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
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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$23,667 - $41,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $18.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$15.46 - $27.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$299.20 - $3,244  
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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$23,667 - $41,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,194
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Job Description for Accounts Payable Clerk

The job of Accounts Payable Clerk is an indoor desk job, and the work is primarily mental. The job is full-time, and Accounts Payable Clerks are usually considered part of the support staff of their company. Companies in many different industries have this position.

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Accounts Payable Clerk Tasks

  • Prepare, enter and maintain filing of Accounts Payable.
  • Perform timely account reconciliation by verifying entries and comparing to balances.
  • Issue stop-payments or purchase order amendments.
  • Record, code, and process all invoices for payment.

Common Career Paths for Accounts Payable Clerk


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It's not very common for Accounts Payable Clerks to move on to become Accounting Managers. Average pay for an Accounting Manager is $59K annually. Accounts Payable Clerks moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Accounts Payable Specialists or Staff Accountants. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Accounting, Microsoft Office, and Paying Invoices are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry and Paying Invoices.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounts Payable Clerk

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Accounts Payable Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounts Payable Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $34K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounts Payable Clerks, 19 percent higher than the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Tulsa and Tampa.

Accounts Payable Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounts Payable Clerk?

Accounts Payable Clerk in Herndon:
"I Like Working With Oracle"
Pros: Oracle and being very busy and the relationship with the vendors.
Cons: I feel I am under paid for my experience and over all work ethic.

Accounts Payable Clerk in West Monroe:
"Good And Bad."
Pros: Paid vacation, paid sick leave, great office environment, moderate stress level, frequent non-work related activities during paid working hours, phenomenal boss.
Cons: Long commute, high deductible health insurance, no dental/vision.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Data Processing
up arrow 17%

Accounting
up arrow 2%

Paying Invoices
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Data Entry
0%

Filing
0%

Microsoft Outlook
0%

Office Administration
0%

National Average
$31,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1301 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%