Accounting Clerk Salary

Median pay for Accounting Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.43 per hour. Final cash compensation to Accounting Clerks varies from around $25K to approximately $46K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $4K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Accounting Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Accounting Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,421 - $51,068
$28K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,666
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$11.77 - $20.14
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MEDIAN: $15.46
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$0$51K
Salary $28,421 - $51,068
Bonus $293.37 - $4,377
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $4,140
Commission $1,024
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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$25,164 - $46,301
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,075
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.77 - $20.14
Hourly Tips $1.63
Overtime $17.76 - $31.17
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $293.37 - $4,377
Commission $1,024
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $4,140
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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$25,164 - $46,301
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,829

Job Description for Accounting Clerk

Accounting clerks generally work in offices, and travel is not required for the job. They must have exceptional knowledge of all ledger accounts, such as accounts payable/receivable, cash, and many others. These clerks may work only with accounts payable/receivable, while others may coordinate various accounts for their companies, and other duties may include working with both customers and vendors.

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Accounting Clerk Tasks

  • Maintain and make necessary adjustments to records and/or logs such as journals, payroll/ time reports, or property records.
  • Verify and reconcile simple bank statements or department records.
  • Balance entries and make necessary corrections.
  • Sort documents and post debits/credits to proper account .
  • Verify amounts and codes on various forms for accuracy.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Clerk


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Accounting Clerks may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Accounting Manager. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. Typical career progression for an Accounting Clerk involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant, roles that pay $10K more and $11K more on average.

Accounting Clerk Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Clerk


Accounting Clerks flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Accounting Clerk


Survey results imply that Accounting Clerks deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Account Management, Banking, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Data Entry and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Clerk

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 2,233 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 982 salaries. An experienced Accounting Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 954 salaries. An Accounting Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 496 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,046

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Accounting Clerks in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Accounting Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Columbus and San Antonio.

Accounting Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Accounting Clerk?

Accounting Clerk in Del Rio:
"Good job with a lot of paperwork."
Pros: My job position pays well.
Cons: There's nothing challenging about my job.

Accounting Clerk in Memphis:
"Office conditions are great and the management."
Pros: I love figuring out numbers and making sure everything is in the right place.
Cons: The first of the month when There is a lot to be done and if one thing is out of place it can hinder the others with time consumption.

Accounting Clerk in South Haven:
"Interesting and varied."
Pros: I like working with the customers, and the staff. I like keeping things organized and being good at what I do.
Cons: Filing.

Accounting Clerk in Chicago:
"High Stress, Low Pay."
Pros:
Cons: Hi Stress Low Pay, Incompetent colleagues.

Accounting Clerk in Houston:
"PASC-JACOBS ENGINEERING."
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: No growth opportunity. No relevant accounting experience.

Accounting Clerk in Longview:
"Challenging."
Pros: I love the hours of operation.
Cons: Communication.

Accounting Clerk in Birmingham:
Pros: My manager is great, she lets you take time off if you need it. She is not a micromanager and is very supportive. I do have health benefits (medical dental and vision). I have a 401K and pension plan. My pension plan is funded partially even if I am not contributing to it. I have paid vacation, sick days, and personal days.
Cons: No formal training, they just throw you to the wolves and the expectation of most the staff is that you are an expert even if you have only been doing it a week or 2. No type of paid maternity or paternity leave. Cannot telecommute even though I could do almost all of my job from home, with the expection of answering the phones. There is alot of turnover in other department. With the exception of my boss all of the upper staff is white males over the age of 40. Not enough time off or work life balance. 40 hour work weeks when I could have my job done in about 30.

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Key Stats for Accounting Clerk

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 752 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Accounting Clerk Salaries

▲7%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$34,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Clerk Salaries



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▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Bookkeeping
▼1%

Microsoft Word
▼1%

▼2%

▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 752 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 27%