Accounts Payable Clerk Salary

Median pay for Accounts Payable Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.57 per hour. In the world of Accounts Payable Clerks, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $42K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $3K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Accounts Payable Clerks (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Accounts Payable Clerks is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,372 - $44,770
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,369
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$11.07 - $18.66
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
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
$26,372 - $44,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
Profit Sharing
$302.52 - $3,081  
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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$24,013 - $41,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,698
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $18.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.36  
Overtime
$15.54 - $28.05  
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 - $2,002  
   
Commission
$491.32 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$302.52 - $3,081  
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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$24,013 - $41,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,175
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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 $60K per year on average. Accounts Payable Clerks moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Accounts Payable Specialists or Staff Accountants. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounts Payable Clerk


Accounts Payable Clerks seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Processing, Accounting, Customer Service, and Microsoft Outlook are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Accounts Payable also 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. For Accounts Payable Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounts Payable Clerks, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Accounts Payable Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Tulsa and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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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
$32,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Data Processing
up arrow 16%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

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
$32,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1282 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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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