Average Bookkeeper Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Bookkeeper is $16.92.
MEDIAN $16.92
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $25
$256 - $4,944
Profit Sharing
$305 - $5,929
$391 - $6,638
Total Pay
$25,651 - $55,622

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Job Description for Bookkeeper

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.
The top respondents for the job title Bookkeeper are from the companies The Home Depot Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Abc Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $24.57. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Abc Corp. and The Salvation Army, earning around $18.45 and $15.00, respectively. Ingles Markets, Inc. pays the lowest at around $10.19. Safeway, Inc. and The Home Depot Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.70 and $12.41, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Bookkeeper. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Full Charge Bookkeeper
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Bookkeeper

Skills in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Intuit QuickBooks and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Bookkeeper

An entry-level Bookkeeper with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.23 based on 2,014 salaries. An early career Bookkeeper with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.27 based on 5,608 salaries. A mid-career Bookkeeper with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.34 based on 4,140 salaries. An experienced Bookkeeper with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.49 based on 5,696 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
Employees with Bookkeeper in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 24.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (17.7% more) and Los Angeles, California (14.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (2.7% less) and Houston, Texas (2.0% less).

Years of Experience

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