Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

An average Accounts Payable Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.56 per hour. Final cash compensation to Accounts Payable Clerks varies from around $24K to approximately $42K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $3K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Accounts Payable Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Accounts Payable Clerks who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,328 - $44,632
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,288
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$11.05 - $18.64
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$11
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$26,328 - $44,632  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
Profit Sharing
$302.52 - $3,081  
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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$23,987 - $41,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $18.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$15.52 - $28.09  
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 - $2,002  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$302.52 - $3,081  
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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$23,987 - $41,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,181
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Job Description for Accounts Payable Clerk

Accounts payable clerks generally work for accounting firms or organizations' accounting departments, coordinating various accounts payable functions on behalf of their organization. Their duties include, among others, performing data entry, handling customer inquiries, preparing financial statements and performing vendor maintenance. In all tasks, these clerks must maintain a high degree of accuracy.

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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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Though some Accounts Payable Clerks move into positions like Accounting Manager (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Accounts Payable Clerk is to become an Accounts Payable Specialist or a Staff Accountant. Compared to Accounts Payable Clerks, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounts Payable Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Accounting, Customer Service, and Microsoft Outlook are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Accounts Payable also know 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.


For many Accounts Payable Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. Accounts Payable Clerks see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Accounts Payable Clerks who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounts Payable Clerks, 20 percent higher than the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Tampa (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Accounts Payable Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounts Payable Clerk?

Accounts Payable Clerk in Indianapolis:
"Liking your job is not impossible."
Pros: The company and my co workers, along with not doing the exact same thing every day makes it interesting!
Cons: Getting in trouble for other people's mistakes. Also just having to constantly remind people of there obligations to approve invoices in a timely manner.

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.

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Experience Affects Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Data Processing
up arrow 16%

Accounting
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 2%

Paying Invoices
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Filing
0%

SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
0%

National Average
$31,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1291 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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