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Working As An Accounting Assistant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $44,690

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Assistant Do

An Accounting Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to accountants through undertaking clerical tasks such as typing, filing, and making phone calls. They work under the supervision of a senior accountant or someone in a similar position of authority within the firm.

How To Become An Accounting Assistant

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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Accounting Assistant Career Paths

Accounting Assistant
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Bookkeeper Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Medical Coder Auditor
Audit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Accounting Clerk Accountant
Chief Accountant
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Phlebotomist Collections Specialist
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Accounting Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    78.0%
  • Male

    18.3%
  • Unknown

    3.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    73.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.7%
  • Asian

    11.7%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    40.8%
  • Chinese

    11.4%
  • Mandarin

    11.3%
  • French

    7.8%
  • Cantonese

    4.5%
  • Japanese

    3.1%
  • Russian

    2.8%
  • German

    2.7%
  • Vietnamese

    2.4%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Hindi

    2.0%
  • Italian

    1.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.6%
  • Arabic

    1.4%
  • Tagalog

    1.0%
  • Urdu

    0.8%
  • Armenian

    0.7%
  • Polish

    0.6%
  • Gujarati

    0.6%
  • Croatian

    0.5%
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Real Accounting Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Assistant Gen II Fund Services, LLC New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $72,800
Accounting Assistant Petrochina International (America), Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2014 $72,200
Accounting Assistant Domestic Fire Protection LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 05, 2010 $62,443
Accounting Assistant Gen II Fund Services, LLC New York, NY Sep 07, 2013 $60,900
International Accounting Assistant MTC Industries Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 17, 2015 $58,436
Business/Accounting Assistant Professional Tax Help Miami, FL Oct 20, 2015 $56,099
Accounting Assistant Microfinance International Corporation Washington, DC Aug 30, 2011 $55,000
Financial & Accounting Assistant Orion Transportation Inc. NY Sep 15, 2015 $54,163
Accounting Assistant Global Syn-Turf Inc. Hayward, CA Sep 19, 2015 $52,864
Financial & Accounting Assistant Orion Transportation Inc. NY Sep 03, 2014 $52,582
Accounting Assistant Wagamama, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2010 $52,175
Bilingual Accounting Assistant Ace CPA PC Fort Lee, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $51,979
Accounting Assistant Chon B Lee, CPA Palisades Park, NJ Aug 17, 2016 $51,979 -
$55,000
Accounting Assistant Platinum Roofing, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 04, 2016 $45,914
Accounting Assistant Orchestra Technology, Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 23, 2016 $45,822
Accounting Assistant E.R.Tax Advisor Inc. Silver Spring, MD Oct 27, 2010 $45,386
Accounting Assistant Ocean Springs Tech, Inc. Desert Hot Springs, CA Mar 21, 2016 $44,637
Special Accounting Assistant Sonair USA, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $43,827
Accounting Assistant Diamond Bar Outdoors Inc. Commerce, CA Sep 25, 2013 $43,827
Accounting Assistant WEMA U.S.A, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Aug 28, 2015 $35,000
Accounting Assistant Somerset Club Boston, MA Aug 27, 2010 $35,000 -
$40,000
Accounting Assistant R Babu Enterprises Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 29, 2016 $34,632
Accounting Assistant Preservation Management, Inc. South Portland, ME Oct 01, 2012 $34,632
Accounting Assistant Sunny's Investments, Inc. Orange Park, FL Dec 19, 2014 $33,779
Accounting Assistant Third Coast Management, Inc. FL Jun 15, 2012 $33,530
Accounting Assistant Taxon Corporaton Mount Prospect, IL Oct 11, 2007 $33,392
Accounting Assistant Nardone Construction Inc. Thornwood, NY Apr 29, 2011 $33,371

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Top Skills for An Accounting Assistant

WeeklyPayrollGeneralLedgerAccountsDataEntryMonthlyJournalEntriesCreditCardStatementsPurchaseOrdersAccountsReceivablesQuickbooksAccountsPayablesMonthlyBankReconciliationsCustomerServiceAuditExpenseReportsBankDepositsMonthlyBankStatementsTaxReturnsAccountReconciliationsACHBankAccountsOfficeSupplies

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Top Accounting Assistant Skills

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Entered and administered weekly payrolls.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts Provide support to branch staff Prepare reports for senior management
  • Preformed basic administrative tasks such as filing, preparing presentation reports, memos, data entry, travel arrangements.
  • Assisted controller with general ledger reconciliation and monthly journal entries.
  • Prepared expense reports, reconciled credit card statements and coordinated travel arrangements

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