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Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States take home an average $14.50 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Accounts Payable Clerks can bottom out near $24K or peak near $41K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up the vast majority of Accounts Payable Clerks (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,147 - $44,466
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$44K
MEDIAN: $34,146
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$10.99 - $18.61
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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
$26,147 - $44,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$304.65 - $3,125  
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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$23,888 - $41,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.99 - $18.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$15.45 - $27.98  
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 - $2,000  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$304.65 - $3,125  
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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$23,888 - $41,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,164

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Accounting Managers. That role pays $59K per year on average. 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Accounting, Customer Service, and Microsoft Outlook are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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.


Accounts Payable Clerks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. For Accounts Payable Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Accounts Payable Clerks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $34K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounts Payable Clerks, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 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%

Accounts Receivable
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%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1308 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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