Definition of Accounting Clerk
An accounting clerk is typically a person with an aptitude for numbers who can process a large volume of details accurately and quickly with a minimal amount of supervision. Today a successful accounting clerk needs to be proficient in the use of accounting software and electronic worksheets.
Generally, an accounting clerk will have a high school diploma and some may have a 2-year associate's degree in accounting. The accounting clerks are likely to be supervised by one of the company's accountants.
Examples of Accounting Clerks
Some of the areas of accounting in which accounting clerks are employed include:
- Accounts Receivable
- Accounts payable
- Payroll accounting
- Cost estimation
- Fixed asset accounting
- Assist in preparing various reports
Salary Range for Accounting Clerks
The annual salary for accounting clerks can range from $18,000 to $40,000+ (approximately $9 to $20 per hour). Some reasons for the wide range in pay include the size and profitability of the company, the company's location, the volume and complexity of the work to be processed, the skills and experience of the accounting clerk, etc.