Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $15.27 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Accounts Payable Clerks spread between $25K and $44K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Women account for the majority of Accounts Payable Clerks who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Accounts Payable Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,206 - $48,067
$28K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,786
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$11.73 - $19.69
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MEDIAN: $15.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,206 - $48,067  
   
Bonus
$310.64 - $3,892  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $4,949  
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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$25,122 - $43,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $19.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$16.85 - $29.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$310.64 - $3,892  
   
Commission
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $4,949  
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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$25,122 - $43,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,417

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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 $61K 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 $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Accounts Payable Clerks report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Intuit QuickBooks, Accounting, General Ledger Accounting, and bill collections are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Paying Invoices.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounts Payable Clerk

Pay by Experience for an Accounts Payable Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounts Payable Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 2,505 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounts Payable Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 1,235 salaries. An experienced Accounts Payable Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 1,210 salaries. An Accounts Payable Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 485 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,069

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For those looking to make money, Accounts Payable Clerks in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers in Orlando and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Accounts Payable Clerk Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Accounts Payable Clerk

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 635 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

▲9%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$33,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
▲14%

▲7%

General Ledger Accounting
▲4%

bill collections
▲2%


Accounts Payable
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Accounts Receivable
▼0%

Payroll Administration
▼0%

National Average
$33,000



Collections
▼1%

▼3%

Customer Service
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 635 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 25%