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Working As An Accounting Clerk

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

  • Repetitive

  • $40,019

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Clerk Do

An accounting clerk performs accounting and bookkeeping functions to support senior accounting supervisors. They book business transactions and key daily worksheets to the general accounting system.

How To Become An Accounting Clerk

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.


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.


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.


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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Real Accounting Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Specialist and International Logistics Liaison Icora Inc. Doral, FL Nov 12, 2015 $101,234
Business & Accounting Specialist Semyung USA, Inc. Troy, MI Feb 11, 2015 $95,888
Accounting Clerk JMU Tax & Financial Annandale, VA Jul 13, 2015 $62,670
Accounting Clerk Nutek Mercantile, Inc. Buena Park, CA May 07, 2016 $61,859
Accounting Clerk Hana Micron America, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 24, 2016 $58,053
Accounting Specialist Joynus Staffing Inc. LaGrange, GA Mar 25, 2016 $56,060
Accounting Clerk H Lee & Associates, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 26, 2015 $54,600
Accounting Clerk Turbo Beauty Corp NY Apr 27, 2016 $51,979
Accounting Clerk Paragon Metals, Inc. Hillsdale, MI Sep 12, 2015 $51,771
Accounting Clerk Paragon Metals, Inc. Hillsdale, MI Jan 09, 2016 $51,771
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Top Skills for An Accounting Clerk


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Top Accounting Clerk Skills

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. Financial Statements
  3. General Ledger Accounts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process bi-weekly payroll and related payroll information.
  • Audited previous 2 years financial records to locate and correct data entry errors and balance financial statements.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts and updating vendor records.
  • Maintained data entry in A/P, A/R, general ledger, and tenant management for three management companies.
  • Process monthly journal entries and generate account reconciliations.

Top Accounting Clerk Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Accounting Clerk

  1. Accountemps
  2. Robert Half
  3. Walmart
  4. Kelly Services
  5. Randstad USA
  6. Aflac
  7. Experis_US
  8. Wells Fargo
  9. Tyson Foods
  10. Express Employment Professionals
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