Average Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States make around $15.14 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Accounts Payable Clerks stretch from $25K on the lower end to $43K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. The vast majority of Accounts Payable Clerks (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. About one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,423 - $47,718
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$28K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,252
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$11.61 - $19.45
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$12
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,423 - $47,718  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $3,542  
Profit Sharing
$440.42 - $5,034  
Commission
$1,017  
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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$24,874 - $43,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $19.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$16.78 - $29.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$289.06 - $3,542  
   
Commission
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$440.42 - $5,034  
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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$24,874 - $43,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,591
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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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Accounts Payable Clerks do not often transition into Accounting Manager roles. The role averages $61K per year. Typical career progression for an Accounts Payable Clerk involves becoming an Accounts Payable Specialist or a Staff Accountant, roles that pay $5K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Accounts Payable Clerks seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounting, General Ledger Accounting, bill collections, and Paying Invoices are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Paying Invoices.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounts Payable Clerk

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. Accounts Payable Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. Accounts Payable Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,711

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Surpassing the national average by 17 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 Denver (+12 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), St. Louis (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

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What is it like working as an Accounts Payable Clerk?

Accounts Payable Clerk in Columbus:
"Fun at Times, Boring Mostly."
Pros: It's very laid back and I can go to my manager and supervisor about anything.
Cons: The workload isn't enough to keep me going throughout the day and I've been threatened with having to go part time. Management is kind of shady sometimes. Supervisor with 20 years of experience was passed up for a girl with zero experiences and a degree. Supervisor is teaching new manager things even after two months on the job.

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
$33,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Accounting
up arrow 9%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 4%

bill collections
up arrow 3%

Paying Invoices
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

Data Entry
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Collections
0%

Microsoft Outlook
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 648 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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