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Working As An Accounts Payable Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Payable Lead 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 Lead

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 Lead Career Paths

Accounts Payable Lead
Accounts Payable Supervisor
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Supervisor Accounts Payable Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Supervisor Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Manager Accounting Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Finance Manager
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Assistant Controller
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Assistant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Business Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Account Manager Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Billing Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Technical Account Manager
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Accounts Payable Lead
Mechanic 5.1%
Bookkeeper 3.9%
Accountant 3.7%
Manager 2.0%
Cashier 1.9%
Top Careers After Accounts Payable Lead
Accountant 5.7%
Mechanic 4.0%
Bookkeeper 3.1%
Manager 1.7%

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Accounts Payable Lead Demographics

Gender

Female

63.1%

Male

26.3%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.6%

French

6.9%

Russian

5.2%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Tagalog

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Swedish

1.7%

Hawaiian

1.7%

Czech

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Thai

1.7%

German

1.7%
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Accounts Payable Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

38.7%

Strayer University

8.7%

University of Houston

7.5%

Ashford University

3.6%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

San Jose State University

2.8%

California State University - East Bay

2.4%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

2.4%

University of North Texas

2.4%

Community College of the Air Force

2.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

2.4%

Palomar College

2.4%

Portland Community College

2.4%

Kaplan University

2.4%

Highline Community College

2.0%

Michigan State University

2.0%

Bowling Green State University

2.0%
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Majors

Accounting

39.8%

Business

31.8%

Finance

4.7%

Aviation

3.7%

Management

2.9%

General Studies

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Computer Science

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Automotive Technology

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.1%

Legal Support Services

1.0%

Health Care Administration

1.0%

Human Resources Management

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%

English

0.8%

Communication

0.8%

Information Technology

0.8%

Psychology

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

24.6%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Steward Health Care System
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
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The national average salary for an Accounts Payable Lead in the United States is $51,989 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

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Top Skills for An Accounts Payable Lead

  1. Vendor Invoices
  2. Accounts Payables
  3. Weekly Check Runs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Matched vendor invoices received electronically or by mail against open purchase orders, forwarding documents to management for approval.
  • Work with Merchandising departments and warehouses to ensure correct payment of invoices, including adjusting inventory in the Accounts Payables System.
  • Managed day-to-day daily operations for a team of 7, including reviewing, posting and weekly check runs.
  • Charged with ensuring accuracy on warehouse purchase orders and maintaining balanced operational sheets.
  • Audited processed expense reports for accuracy.

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