Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States take home approximately $14.73 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Accounts Payable Clerks spread between $24K and $42K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (89 percent) of Accounts Payable Clerks who took the survey are female. Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,655 - $45,476
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,789
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$11.20 - $18.85
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,655 - $45,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $3,523  
Commission
$800  
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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$24,248 - $41,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $18.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.81 - $28.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
   
Commission
$800  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $3,523  
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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$24,248 - $41,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,498
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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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It's not very common for Accounts Payable Clerks to move on to become Accounting Managers. Average pay for an Accounting Manager is $60K annually. 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 $5K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Accounts Payable Clerks seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Billing, Accounting, and Microsoft Outlook are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Filing. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed 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.


For many Accounts Payable Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $33K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounts Payable Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,866

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

Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Accounts Payable Clerks in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Accounts Payable Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Workers in Tulsa and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Accounts Payable Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounts Payable Clerk?

Accounts Payable Clerk in Camp Hill:
"I do it all."
Pros: I love that I am in a position to learn many things. I am the accounting department, there is only me. I am accounts payable/receivable as well as a Junior Accountant to the CFO (minus the title or pay). I love what I do and the work I accomplish because it makes me feel like I'm doing good for the company. I'm saving them money and working hard.
Cons: I work hard - very hard - and there is absolutely nothing to show for it. I am not allowed to work overtime so I am constantly stressed due to an overage of work piling up and I feel that I am not properly compensated for what I do.

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
$32,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Data Processing
up arrow 14%

Billing
up arrow 11%

Accounting
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

Paying Invoices
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Filing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1286 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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