Become An Accounts Payable Clerk

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Working As An Accounts Payable Clerk

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

  • Repetitive

  • $41,743

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Payable Clerk Do

An accounts payable clerk reports to the manager or director of finance and is responsible for providing financial services which includes the processing, management and reporting of payments and expenditures.

How To Become An Accounts Payable 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.

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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95 Accounts Payable Clerk jobs

Tad PGS, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Accounts Payable Accountant

$41,742 Estimated

Caci International
Ashburn, VA
Warehouse Clerk

$23,240 Estimated

Randstad
Ashburn, VA
General Clerk

$35,990 Estimated

Giant Food
Ashburn, VA
Seafood Meat Clerk

$29,130 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Clerk Sr - Mason, OH (PS2732)

$29,580 Estimated

Intellitrans
Ashburn, VA
Image Review Clerk

$42,049 Estimated

Harris Teeter
Ashburn, VA
3rd Shift Grocery Stock Clerk

$19,310 Estimated

Oracle
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Cloud Platform Sales | National Accounts | San Francisco or RedwoodShores

$113,860 Estimated

Harris Teeter
Ashburn, VA
Health and Beauty Clerk

$44,530 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
RVP Medical Director

$113,860 Estimated

Harris Teeter
Ashburn, VA
Deli Bakery Clerk

$17,222 Estimated

Cor-Tech, LLC
Ashburn, VA
Inventory Control Clerk

$23,220 Estimated

Harris Teeter
Ashburn, VA
Part Time Deli Bakery Clerk

$17,222 Estimated

Randstad
Washington, DC
Accounts Payable Specialist

$45,000 Estimated

Latitude Inc.
Washington, DC
Accounts Payable Specialist

$45,000 Estimated

ECS Federal LLC
Fairfax, VA
Billing Accounts

$41,742 Estimated

Varsity Tutors
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$40,318 Estimated

Robert Half
Sterling, VA
Accounts Payable Clerk

$41,742 Estimated

Vencore
Herndon, VA
Accounts Payable Specialist

$41,742 Estimated

American Systems
Chantilly, VA
Accounts Payable Specialist

$41,742 Estimated

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Real Accounts Payable Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounts Payable Versace USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $48,000
Account Payable Specialist Security Storage of Washington Washington, DC Apr 07, 2010 $45,000
Account Payable Specialist Security Storage of Washington Washington, DC Apr 11, 2011 $45,000
Account Payable Specialist Security Storage of Washington Washington, DC Apr 02, 2011 $45,000
Accounts Payable Specialist Teoco Corporation Fairfax, VA Apr 11, 2013 $43,846
Accounts Payable Specialist Teoco Corporation Fairfax, VA Apr 12, 2010 $42,000
Accounts Payable Specialist Southern Management Corporation Vienna, VA Oct 01, 2011 $40,810
Accounts Payable Clerk Summer Infant, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Oct 01, 2010 $39,000
Accounts Payable Clerk Blendtec, Inc. Orem, UT Jan 09, 2016 $38,459
Coordinator, Accounts Payable Giorgio Armani Corporation New York, NY Mar 21, 2011 $38,002
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Top Skills for An Accounts Payable Clerk

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Top Accounts Payable Clerk Skills

  1. Vendor Invoices
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Expense Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed vendor invoices for accuracy and proper matching with supporting receiving and purchasing documentation.
  • Processed purchase orders and analyze all related information for accuracy.
  • Reviewed all expense reports, checked for receipts and proper authorization and whether it was a valid expense and proper coding.
  • Recorded employee information such as exemptions, transfers and resignations to maintain and update payroll records.
  • Attend weekly cash meetings to obtain authorization for payments, run weekly check runs to disperse checks to vendors.

Top Accounts Payable Clerk Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Accounts Payable Clerk

  1. Accountemps
  2. Robert Half International
  3. Randstad
  4. Accounting Principals
  5. Kforce
  6. Aerotek
  7. Aramark
  8. Airgas
  9. Jones Lang Lasalle
  10. Republic Services
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