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Working As An Accounting Coordinator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $44,408

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator jobs

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Accounting Coordinator Career Paths

Accounting Coordinator
Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist Billing Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Finance Analyst
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Cost Accountant Senior Accountant
Chief Accountant
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Controller General Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Charge Bookkeeper 5.1 years
Bookkeeper 3.6 years
Accountant 3.5 years
Accounting Clerk 3.2 years
Fiscal Assistant 3.2 years
General Accountant 3.2 years
Staff Accountant 3.0 years
Accounting Staff 2.9 years
Accounting Analyst 2.8 years
Cash Accountant 2.8 years
Account Associate 2.8 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Finance Clerk 2.6 years
Junior Accountant 2.3 years
Finance Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 6.4%
Bookkeeper 4.8%
Internship 2.2%
Secretary 1.8%
Top Employers After
Accountant 10.7%
Bookkeeper 4.4%
Controller 3.5%

Accounting Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

75.7%

Male

22.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.6%

Mandarin

6.4%

French

6.4%

Chinese

6.4%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

3.6%

Russian

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Korean

2.1%

Armenian

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.4%

German

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%
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Accounting Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.0%

Strayer University

7.5%

Liberty University

6.3%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.7%

Robert Morris University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Iowa State University

3.0%

Franklin University

2.6%

Park University

2.6%

Ashford University

2.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.6%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.6%

Johnson County Community College

2.6%

Miami Dade College

2.6%
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Majors

Accounting

41.5%

Business

33.1%

Finance

5.6%

Management

2.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Communication

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

General Studies

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Nursing

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.8%

Economics

0.8%

Computer Science

0.8%

Legal Support Services

0.8%

Project Management

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Other

20.4%

Masters

16.1%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Accounting Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Coordinator, Consolidations PPG Industries, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jan 21, 2016 $85,000 -
$90,000
Accounting Coordinator, Consolidations PPG Industries, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jan 21, 2013 $75,000 -
$80,000
Production Accounting Coordinator Taylor Farms Florida, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 12, 2013 $75,000
Administrative Accounting Coordinator P.J.A. Associates, P.C. Chicago, IL Mar 08, 2016 $74,277
Accounting Coordinator-Cocoa Division OLAM Americas, Inc. Summit, NJ Aug 07, 2015 $60,195
Accounting Coordinator Bloomington-Normal Seating Company Normal, IL Sep 19, 2011 $59,322
International Accounting Coordinator Human Factors International, Inc. Fairfield, IA Oct 01, 2011 $57,500
Accounting Coordinator Elite Group International Ny Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2013 $56,349
Accounting Coordinator Elite Group International Ny Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2016 $56,349
Accounting Coordinator Allstate Printing & Packaging Inc. Clifton, NJ Sep 26, 2012 $55,556
Accounting Coordinator Columbia University New York, NY Jul 20, 2016 $55,420
Accounting Coordinator Spineart USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 11, 2012 $55,370
Accounting Coordinator Spineart USA Inc. New York, NY Nov 15, 2010 $55,000
Accounting Coordinator Constantin Associates LLP New York, NY Sep 09, 2010 $53,123
Accounting Coordinator Fujisankei Communications Int'l Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2009 $53,123
Accounting Coordinator-Cocoa Division OLAM Americas, Inc. Summit, NJ Aug 07, 2012 $53,082
Medical Bookkeeper and Accounting Coordinator Silver Spring Ophthalmology Surgery Center Silver Spring, MD Jun 08, 2010 $52,175
Accounting Coordinator Fujisankei Communications Int'l Inc. New York, NY Dec 27, 2009 $52,123
Accounting Coordinator Grupo Editorial El Venezolano Miami, FL Oct 28, 2016 $51,418
International Accounting Coordinator Hwashin America Corporation Greenville, AL Apr 26, 2016 $51,000
Accounting Coordinator National In-Home Services&Installation-Texas, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 01, 2010 $43,827 -
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Accounting Coordinator National In-Home Services & Installation-Texas, I Carrollton, TX Oct 25, 2010 $43,827
Accounting Coordinator National In-Home Services&Amp;Installation-Texas Carrollton, TX Oct 20, 2010 $43,827
Accounting Coordinator Foods, Supplies and More LLC Coral Springs, FL Oct 01, 2010 $42,000
Accounting Coordinator Konsei USA Inc. Hodgenville, KY Feb 26, 2014 $42,000
Accounting Coordinator Foods, Supplies and More LLC Coral Springs, FL Oct 01, 2009 $40,843
Accounting Coordinator Mosaic Management Group Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 11, 2009 $40,843

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Top Skills for An Accounting Coordinator

WeeklyPayrollGeneralLedgerAccountsMonthlyJournalEntriesProceduresExternalAuditorsAccountsReceivablesAccountsPayablesCreditCardPaymentsPurchaseOrdersExpenseReportsCustomerServiceBankReconciliationsDataEntryAccountReconciliationsQuickbooksACHBankDepositsBankAccountsVendorInvoicesFinancialReports

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Top Accounting Coordinator Skills

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Monthly Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed all weekly payroll, invoices and accounts receivable.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts and bank statements.
  • Conducted detailed reviews and posted monthly journal entries, account analyses, etc.
  • Work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Worked with external auditors during reviews and audits to ensure full cooperation from accounting staff and compliance with all requests.

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