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Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $14.47 per hour. Cash earnings for Accounts Payable Clerks — including $2K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $24K to $41K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. There are far more female Accounts Payable Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,187 - $44,473
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$44K
MEDIAN: $34,155
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$10.97 - $18.60
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
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
$26,187 - $44,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
Profit Sharing
$300.50 - $3,108  
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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$23,835 - $41,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,693
National Hourly Rate 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$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.97 - $18.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$15.49 - $27.93  
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 - $1,998  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$300.50 - $3,108  
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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$23,835 - $41,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,147

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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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There are some Accounts Payable Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Accounting Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. Accounts Payable Clerks typically move into roles as Accounts Payable Specialists or Staff Accountants, and those positions pay $6K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounts Payable Clerks deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Customer Service, Accounting, and Microsoft Outlook are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. For Accounts Payable Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Accounts Payable Clerks, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa. Employers in Tampa and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 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 3%

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%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Payroll Administration
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%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1319 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: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%