Bookkeeper Salary

The average pay for a Bookkeeper is $16.26 per hour.

$28,411 - $57,189
$28K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,767
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$11.65 - $24.72
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MEDIAN: $16.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,411 - $57,189  
   
Bonus
$298.61 - $4,974  
Profit Sharing
$303.39 - $5,500  
Commission
$201.34 - $8,272  
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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$24,955 - $53,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,983
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $24.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $14.79  
Overtime
$17.18 - $33.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$298.61 - $4,974  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $8,272  
Profit Sharing
$303.39 - $5,500  
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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$24,955 - $53,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,690

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Job Description for Bookkeeper

As a bookkeeper one can expect to work in close proximity with a business or company in order to ensure that the most economically viable and safe decisions are made in order to keep finances tight and under control. A bookkeeper should have vast knowledge of QuickBooks, or a similar a computer accounting program, in order to track and record the financial transactions and records of a company. Strong MS-Excel skills are also a must in most companies. Part of the bookkeeping process also includes calculating, recording, and balancing financial reports, including payroll. Therefore, a bookkeeper will need to maintain a healthy relationship with employees in order to communicate and work out changes in salaries, changes to benefits, and other changes to an employee’s pay. A bookkeeper will also work closely with managers or business owners to help ensure that smart decisions are made when selling company assets or evaluating said company’s total revenue, profits, losses, and financial position. In order to communicate the aforementioned information fully and thoroughly bookkeepers will also be responsible for creating many reports, usually these reports will be generated once a month, semiannually, or annually. Other responsibilities that a bookkeeper may have include creating reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll, entering changes to employee payroll records (often through Quickbooks), and handling voluntary and involuntary deductions. Usually, a bookkeeper will also be in charge of paying the many expenses a business incurs. These expenses usually include things like electricity, internet, office supplies, credit card bills, phone bills, and whatever other expenses a business may incur through its operations.


Bookkeeper Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bookkeeper

Pay by Experience for a Bookkeeper has a positive trend. An entry-level Bookkeeper with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 3,777 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bookkeeper with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 2,590 salaries. An experienced Bookkeeper which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 3,471 salaries. A Bookkeeper with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 2,458 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,621

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Bookkeeper Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bookkeeper?

Bookkeeper in Bedford:
"I like the flexibility and keeping busy."
Pros: I like knowing what tasks are expected of me. I like working from home sometimes. I like casual atmosphere and autonomy my boss gives me.
Cons: Stress when there are funding issues.

Bookkeeper in Atlanta:
"Bookkeeper 101."
Pros: Helping clients read and understand their invoices and how important it is to pay on time and stay current.
Cons: I don't like having to bl8ck a Parker's card for non-payment but it has to be done.

Bookkeeper in Oceanside:
"Part time."
Pros: Part time hours for very good pay and I am a member of the church. I do it in my spare time after church on Sunday. I have a full time job that isn't bookkeeping.
Cons: That I have to attend monthly meetings.

Bookkeeper in Orlando:
"Brainless work."
Pros: I like the people I work with for the most part. I like that I have learned so much I am able to use in other areas of my life.
Cons: I do not like feeling like a doormat with no authority and no say.

Bookkeeper in Bakersfield:
"I like to help people; I feel confident in doing tax return."
Pros: Being my own boss and be able to make decisions.
Cons: Pay too much expenses.

Bookkeeper in Clinton:
"Perks Of Self Employment."
Pros: Flexible schedule. Casual dress. No commuting.
Cons: Although flexible hours is good I feel like I am working all the time even though I work part-time.

Bookkeeper in San Francisco:
"It Is Very Challenging And Rewarding."
Pros: That I can keep the financial records meticulous and always above par.
Cons: The everyday hum drum of working constantly with numbers.

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Key Stats for Bookkeeper

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1392 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Bookkeeper Salaries

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National Average
$37,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Bookkeeper Salaries







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Bookkeeping
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$37,000




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1392 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 55%