An Accounts Payable Specialist earns an average wage of $17.44 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$32,962 - $54,097
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$33K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,308
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$13.99 - $22.10
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$14
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,962 - $54,097  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,900  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$30,246 - $50,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,615
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $22.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.92  
Overtime
$20.35 - $33.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$412.17 - $4,932  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,900  
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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$30,246 - $50,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,793
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Job Description for Accounts Payable Specialist

An accounts payable specialist works with all facets of the accounting system, principally the validation, processing, and filing of invoices. The specialist must make sure that all invoices are accurate and have been properly documented and approved by the authorizing employee prior to making a payment. Once the proper verifications and authorizations are received, the specialist is responsible for submitting payments in a timely fashion. This position also requires preparing and mailing checks, as well as verifying and procuring proper Internal Revenue Service documentation such as 1099 and W-9 forms from vendors. The specialist also files and maintains files for all invoices, accounts payable payments, and tax information for vendors.

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Accounts Payable Specialist Tasks

  • Answer inquiries from vendors, suppliers, and employees, and research discrepancies.
  • Write and send checks, recording transactions on internal systems.
  • Reconcile financial statements and forecasts, maintaining files for accounts.
  • Analyze, prioritize, code and pay bills and invoices, managing vendor or supplier expectations.
  • Make timely payments for internal vouchers and expenses.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,762

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What is it like working as an Accounts Payable Specialist?

Accounts Payable Specialist in Norcross:
"Accounts Payable Specialist with many hats."
Pros: The experience I am getting in my current position is great! I feel like I am always learning something new. My supervisor recognizes my talents and that I am interested in learning different things. I was promoted from an entry level position in the warehouse to accounting/inventory specialist six months after I was hired.
Cons: Because I am someone who works to accomplish the goals of the entire organization, I am constantly working in several different departments. I got a pay increase when I was promoted in March and I feel like it wasn't enough based on the knowledge I have about several different positions. Whenever other employees take a week of vacation, I usually fill in at their desk for the week and am still obviously expected to get my own job done. However, when I go on vacation, I don't have someone filling in for me! I wear several hats, and I have no problem doing this. It simply is the fact I don't feel like I am compensated for the different skills I have.

Accounts Payable Specialist in Las Vegas:
Pros: I enjoy the environment and working in the corporate office. Our accounting team consists of less than 15 people therefore allowing me to learn from other departments.
Cons: Since we are such a small accounting team, when other departments get behind most of the work is then transferred to my department. It's a continuous cycle of re-prioritizing while my main job duties get pushed behind.

Accounts Payable Specialist in Hoffman Estates:
"My Position Is Fast Paced But I Love The Culture."
Pros: I like having the option to work from home.
Cons: There is a lot of nepotism at my company.

Accounts Payable Specialist in Maryland:
"It Is Very Deadline Oriented And Results Based."
Pros: Dealing with numbers and analytical thinking.
Cons: I am over qualified for what I am doing.

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Experience Affects Accounts Payable Specialist Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Accounts Payable Specialist Salaries

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SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO)
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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Accounts Payable
0%

Paying Invoices
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Vendor Relations
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$39,000

Microsoft Office
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Data Processing
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Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Accounts Receivable
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 627 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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