Bookkeeper Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Bookkeeper is $15.20 per hour.
Bookkeeper Total Pay (?
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$26,022 - $52,653
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MEDIAN: $37,593
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Bookkeeper Total Pay (?
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$10.22 - $23.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,022 - $52,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,519  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $4,678  
Commission
$394.53 - $5,128  
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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$22,694 - $51,324  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,014
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $23.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.39  
Overtime
$13.63 - $30.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,519  
   
Commission
$394.53 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $4,678  
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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$22,694 - $51,324  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,014
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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
  • Create reports for information pertaining to retirement and payroll.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
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National Average
$34,000
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Bookkeeper Reviews

What is it like working as a Bookkeeper?
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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Skills That Affect Bookkeeper Salaries

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National Average
$34,000
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Gender
Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 53%
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