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Working As An Account Receivable Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $37,250

    Average Salary

What Does An Account Receivable Associate Do

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.

Duties

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks typically do the following:

  • Use bookkeeping software, online spreadsheets, and databases
  • Enter (post) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Receive and record cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Put costs (debits) and income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Produce reports, such as balance sheets (costs compared with income), income statements, and totals by account
  • Check for accuracy in figures, postings, and reports
  • Reconcile or note and report any differences they find in the records

The records that bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks work with include expenditures (money spent), receipts (money that comes in), accounts payable (bills to be paid), accounts receivable (invoices, or what other people owe the organization), and profit and loss (a report that shows the organization’s financial health).

Workers in this occupation have a wide range of tasks. Some are full-charge bookkeeping clerks who maintain an entire organization’s books. Others are accounting clerks who handle specific tasks.

These clerks use basic mathematics (adding, subtracting) throughout the day.

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks use specialized computer accounting software, spreadsheets, and databases to enter information from receipts or bills. They must be comfortable using computers to record and calculate data.

The widespread use of computers also has enabled bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to take on additional responsibilities, such as payroll, billing, purchasing (buying), and keeping track of overdue bills. Many of these functions require clerks to communicate with clients.

Bookkeeping clerks, also known as bookkeepers, often are responsible for some or all of an organization’s accounts, known as the general ledger. They record all transactions and post debits (costs) and credits (income).

They also produce financial statements and other reports for supervisors and managers. Bookkeepers prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to the bank.

In addition, they may handle payroll, make purchases, prepare invoices, and keep track of overdue accounts.

Accounting clerks typically work for larger companies and have more specialized tasks. Their titles, such as accounts payable clerk or accounts receivable clerk, often reflect the type of accounting they do.

The responsibilities of accounting clerks frequently vary by level of experience. Entry-level accounting clerks may post details of transactions (including date, type, and amount), add up accounts, and determine interest charges. They also may monitor loans and accounts to ensure that payments are up to date.

More advanced accounting clerks may add and balance billing vouchers, ensure that account data are complete and accurate, and code documents according to an organization’s procedures.

Auditing clerks check figures, postings, and documents to ensure that they are mathematically accurate and properly coded. They also correct or note errors for accountants or other workers to fix.

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How To Become An Account Receivable Associate

Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need some postsecondary education and also learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.

Education

Employers generally require bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to have some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting. However, some candidates can be hired with just a high school diploma.

Training

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks usually get on-the-job training. Under the guidance of a supervisor or another experienced employee, new clerks learn how to do their tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping. In double-entry bookkeeping, each transaction is entered twice, once as a debit (cost) and once as a credit (income), to ensure that all accounts are balanced.

Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specialized computer software. This on-the-job training typically takes around 6 months.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks become certified. For those who do not have postsecondary education, certification is a particularly useful way to gain expertise in the field. The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, shows that those who have earned it have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping tasks, including overseeing payroll and balancing accounts, according to accepted accounting procedures.

For certification, candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time bookkeeping experience or equivalent part-time work, pass a four-part exam, and adhere to a code of ethics.

The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers also offers certification. The Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Examination is an online test with 50 multiple-choice questions. Test takers must answer 75 percent of the questions correctly to pass the exam.

Advancement

With appropriate experience and education, some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks may become accountants or auditors.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need to be comfortable using computer spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.

Detail oriented. These clerks are responsible for producing accurate financial records. They must pay attention to detail in order to avoid making errors and recognize errors that others have made.

Integrity. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks have control of an organization’s financial documentation, which they must use properly and keep confidential. It is vital that they keep records transparent and guard against misappropriating an organization’s funds.

Math skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks deal with numbers daily and should be comfortable with basic arithmetic.

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Account Receivable Associate jobs

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Account Receivable Associate Career Paths

Account Receivable Associate
Accounting Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounting Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Associate Accounts Payable Clerk Finance Analyst
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Operations Analyst Intelligence Analyst
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Bookkeeper Accounts Receivable Clerk
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Finance Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Associate Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Specialist Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Associate Accounting Clerk Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Accounts Payable Supervisor Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Manager Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Associate Accounts Receivable Specialist Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Manager Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Account Technician 3.3 years
Accounting Clerk 3.2 years
Account Associate 2.8 years
Account Processor 2.7 years
Account Specialist 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Secretary 2.6%
Internship 2.3%
Top Employers After
Accountant 3.3%

Account Receivable Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

74.5%

Male

22.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Chinese

7.3%

Hindi

5.5%

Mandarin

5.5%

Japanese

3.6%

Gujarati

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Swedish

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Bulgarian

1.8%

Finnish

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

French

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Account Receivable Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

Strayer University

10.6%

Kean University

5.8%

Temple University

4.8%

Western Michigan University

4.8%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.8%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

Valdosta State University

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Florida Atlantic University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Central Georgia Technical College

2.9%

Franklin University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%

Trident Technical College

2.9%

Murray State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

32.7%

Accounting

29.6%

Finance

6.8%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Management

3.9%

Psychology

2.1%

Nursing

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Education

1.6%

English

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

General Studies

1.2%

Economics

1.2%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.2%

Kinesiology

1.1%

Information Technology

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Other

24.1%

Associate

16.2%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Account Receivable Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Aug 17, 2016 $91,957 -
$143,900
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Aug 15, 2016 $91,957 -
$143,900
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Nov 07, 2016 $91,957 -
$143,900
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Apr 13, 2011 $86,736 -
$95,500
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Saint Paul, MN Oct 01, 2013 $86,570 -
$96,000
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Mar 09, 2015 $86,528 -
$129,090
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Sep 26, 2013 $82,368 -
$126,000
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Apr 01, 2015 $77,376 -
$123,090
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT May 19, 2014 $73,112 -
$123,090
Associate, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Nov 07, 2014 $73,112 -
$123,090

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Top Skills for An Account Receivable Associate

CreditCardPaymentsCustomerServiceAccountsReceivablesFinancialStatementsCustomerAccountDetailsGeneralLedgerBankDepositsDataEntryLockboxDelinquentAccountsJournalEntriesPastDueAccountsCollectionCallsCreditMemosSpecialProjectsACHAccountReconciliationsAuditInsuranceCompaniesBankReconciliations

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Top Account Receivable Associate Skills

  1. Credit Card Payments
  2. Customer Service
  3. Accounts Receivables
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Apply credit card payments, checks and Direct Billed payments to customer accounts.
  • Process Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Customer Service, General Ledger and Payroll
  • Managed Accounts Receivables for the entire customer database.
  • Provided annual tax reporting information to homeowners and prepared monthly financial statements to clients.
  • Monitored customer account details for non payments, delayed payments and other irregularities and generated ageing reports.

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