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Working As An Accounts Payable Associate

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

  • Repetitive

  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Payable 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 Accounts Payable 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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Accounts Payable Associate Career Paths

Accounts Payable Associate
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Charge Bookkeeper Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Consultant Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Charge Bookkeeper Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Finance Analyst Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Finance Analyst Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit Analyst
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Executive Assistant Customer Service Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Charge Bookkeeper Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Consultant Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Cost Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Cost Accountant Project Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Payables Analyst Accounts Payable Supervisor Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Accountable Clerk 3.7 years
Accounting Clerk 3.4 years
Fiscal Assistant 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Accounts Payable Associate
Bookkeeper 5.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Accountant 2.7%
Top Careers After Accounts Payable Associate
Accountant 6.3%
Bookkeeper 3.3%
Cashier 2.5%
Associate 2.2%

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Accounts Payable Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

69.9%

Male

18.7%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

Hindi

6.1%

French

6.1%

Russian

4.6%

Mandarin

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Gujarati

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Czech

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Sami

0.8%

Telugu

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%
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Accounts Payable Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.2%

Strayer University

12.0%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.4%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Miami Dade College

3.0%

Baker College

3.0%

Robert Morris University

2.8%

Johnson & Wales University

2.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

2.8%

Eastern Michigan University

2.5%

Rasmussen College

2.3%

Walden University

2.3%

Bryant and Stratton College

2.3%

Essex County College

2.3%
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Majors

Accounting

40.7%

Business

29.8%

Finance

5.3%

Management

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Communication

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Marketing

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Economics

1.2%

English

1.2%

Medical Assisting Services

1.0%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

0.9%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.8%

Education

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Other

23.5%

Associate

18.7%

Masters

10.3%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$25,000
Min 10%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Crate and Barrel
Highest Paying City
Bridgewater, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Accounts Payable Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Accounts Payable Associate in the United States is $36,106 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

Real Accounts Payable Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounts Payable Associate Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 03, 2013 $67,000
Accounts Payable Associate Borden Dairy Company Dallas, TX Sep 17, 2013 $46,155
Accounts Payable Associate Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 03, 2014 $44,000
Accounts Payable Associate Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 03, 2013 $37,000
Accounts Payable Associate Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 30, 2012 $37,000

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Top Skills for An Accounts Payable Associate

  1. Vendor Invoices
  2. Accounts Payables
  3. Purchase Orders
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  • Processed vendor invoices and managed temporary employee records.
  • Assisted in processing construction, development, capital/re-development accounts payables as needed.
  • Match corresponding purchase orders to incoming invoices with all supporting documentation.
  • Enhanced transparency by reviewing expense reports for accuracy and proper expense disclosure.
  • Compiled and consolidated financial statements and assisted miscellaneous projects for the controller.

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