Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

An average Accounts Payable Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.21 per hour. Total cash compensation for Accounts Payable Clerks runs from $25K to $44K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Accounts Payable Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. There are far more female Accounts Payable Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,399 - $47,934
$28K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,502
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$11.67 - $19.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,399 - $47,934  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $3,710  
Profit Sharing
$440.42 - $5,068  
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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$25,011 - $43,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $19.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41  
Overtime
$16.86 - $29.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$302.01 - $3,710  
   
Commission
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$440.42 - $5,068  
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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$25,011 - $43,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,562

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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

  • Issue stop-payments or purchase order amendments.
  • Record, code, and process all invoices for payment.
  • Prepare, enter and maintain filing of Accounts Payable.
  • Perform timely account reconciliation by verifying entries and comparing to balances.

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 $61K annually. It is quite typical for Accounts Payable Clerks to transition into roles as Accounts Payable Specialists or Staff Accountants, where reported median earnings are $5K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounts Payable Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 15 percent. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounts Payable Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,905

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For those looking to make money, Accounts Payable Clerks in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Accounts Payable Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 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 Orlando. Employers in San Antonio and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 1 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 641 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

▲8%

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$33,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
▲15%

Accounting
▲9%

General Ledger Accounting
▲4%

bill collections
▲2%


Accounts Payable
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

Accounts Receivable
▼0%

National Average
$33,000



Collections
▼1%

▼2%

Customer Service
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 641 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: 48%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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