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Working As An Accounting Associate

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

  • Repetitive

  • $42,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting 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 Accounting 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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Accounting Associate Career Paths

Accounting Associate
Staff Accountant Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Specialist Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Charge Bookkeeper Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Charge Bookkeeper Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Auditor Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Certified Public Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit Analyst Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Senior Accountant Assistant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Charge Bookkeeper Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Accounting Assistant Project Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Account Payables Analyst Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Bookkeeper 4.0 years
Accounting Clerk 3.4 years
Accounting Staff 2.8 years
Junior Accountant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Accounting Associate
Cashier 7.3%
Bookkeeper 5.3%
Accountant 4.9%
Internship 3.9%
Teller 2.9%
Associate 2.0%
Top Careers After Accounting Associate
Accountant 10.8%
Bookkeeper 4.6%
Cashier 3.8%
Associate 2.7%
Controller 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deutsche Bank
Highest Paying City
Pacifica, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Accounting Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Accounting Associate in the United States is $42,912 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $64,000.

Real Accounting Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate-Accounting Empyrean Capital Partners, LP Los Angeles, CA Jul 22, 2013 $100,000
Fund Accounting (Associate) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Chicago, IL Mar 26, 2014 $80,000
Investment Accounting Associate IPS Fund Services LLC Boston, MA Sep 12, 2015 $76,000
Accounting Associate Gourmet Guru Inc. New York, NY Feb 27, 2015 $72,946
Accounting Associate Shafian Tax & Accounting Services PC Vienna, VA Oct 01, 2013 $72,000
Accounting Associate Bioss, Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 13, 2016 $69,607
Accounting Associate Microvest Capital Management, LLC Bethesda, MD Jan 09, 2016 $68,000
Accounting Associate Bioss Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 13, 2013 $65,135
Forensic Accounting Associate Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC Salt Lake City, UT Sep 10, 2015 $63,000
Accounting Associate University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2014 $62,000
Accounting Associate Spectraseis Inc. Denver, CO Aug 28, 2014 $62,000
Accounting Associate Spectraseis Inc. Denver, CO Sep 01, 2013 $61,000
Accounting Associate Microvest Capital Management, LLC Bethesda, MD Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Accounting Associate Drummond CPA LLC Boston, MA Jan 09, 2016 $52,478
Accounting Associate Power Advocate, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 17, 2016 $52,478
Accounting Associate Drummond CPA LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 02, 2015 $52,000
Accounting Associate Drummond CPA LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 02, 2014 $52,000
Accounting Associate Drummond CPA LLC Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $52,000
Accounting Associate David J. Prothero, CPA, P.C. Cambridge, MA Sep 12, 2015 $51,000
Accounting Associate Home & Home Corp. NY Sep 09, 2015 $50,523
Accounting Associate University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL May 16, 2015 $50,494
Accounting Associate Business Technology Services, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Sep 01, 2015 $47,029
Accounting Associate Business Technology Services, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Sep 01, 2015 $47,000
Accounting Associate Excela Solutions Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 09, 2016 $47,000
Accounting Associate Sanjay Taxpro Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2016 $47,000
Tax and Accounting Associate M. White & Associates Plano, TX Sep 17, 2013 $46,925
Accounting Associate ABC Global Foundation, Inc. San Gabriel, CA Sep 20, 2014 $46,853

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Top Skills for An Accounting Associate

  1. General Ledger Accounts
  2. Weekly Payroll
  3. Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Account analysis of general ledger accounts, researched unidentified, misapplied and unclaimed premium payments.
  • Processed biweekly payroll for faculty, staff and undergraduate/graduate students.
  • Coordinated with senior accountants to prepare journal entries and reconciliations for general ledger closing.
  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts.
  • Provided assistance to sales department concerning accounts receivables issues.

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Accounting Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

65.0%

Male

23.8%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Mandarin

11.8%

Chinese

9.5%

French

7.1%

Hindi

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

Russian

2.8%

Japanese

2.6%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Urdu

1.7%

Arabic

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.2%

German

1.2%

Filipino

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%
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Accounting Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.7%

Strayer University

9.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.3%

University of Houston

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Liberty University

3.9%

San Francisco State University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

Florida State University

3.2%

Temple University

3.0%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.8%

Northeastern University

2.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%

University of Memphis

2.7%

DePaul University

2.6%

West Virginia University

2.6%
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Majors

Accounting

41.8%

Business

29.0%

Finance

8.2%

Management

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Economics

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

General Studies

1.4%

Marketing

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Nursing

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

English

0.8%

Computer Science

0.8%

Medical Assisting Services

0.7%

Sociology

0.7%

Education

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

16.9%

Other

16.7%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.3%
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