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Working As An Accounts Receivable Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $59,278

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Receivable Analyst 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 Receivable Analyst

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 Receivable Analyst Career Paths

Accounts Receivable Analyst
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Staff Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Analyst Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Analyst Billing And Insurance Coordinator Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable/Credit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Collections/Accounts Receivable Collector
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Controller
Controller/Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller
Corporate Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Collections/Accounts Receivable Credit Analyst Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Manager Accounting Clerk Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Assistant Vice President Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Accounts Receivable Manager Accounting Manager
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Accounting Manager Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Finance Analyst Revenue Analyst
Revenue Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Manager Bookkeeper Accounts Receivable Specialist
Senior Accounts Receivable Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Billing Analyst 2.9 years
Collection Analyst 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 4.0%
Analyst 3.0%
Teller 3.0%
Bookkeeper 2.7%
Top Employers After
Accountant 7.0%
Analyst 3.9%

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Accounts Receivable Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

69.6%

Male

28.4%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.1%

French

9.2%

Mandarin

5.9%

Chinese

5.0%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Hindi

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Swedish

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%
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Accounts Receivable Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.7%

Strayer University

10.9%

Liberty University

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.0%

George Mason University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.3%

Sacred Heart University

3.3%

Community College of Rhode Island

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

Hofstra University

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.5%

Michigan State University

2.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Webster University

2.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.5%

Georgia State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

35.9%

Accounting

29.1%

Finance

9.0%

Management

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Psychology

1.9%

Economics

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Medical Assisting Services

1.1%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

General Studies

0.9%

Political Science

0.9%

Sociology

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Other

23.2%

Masters

15.9%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Accounts Receivable Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounts Receivable Analyst 24/7 Media, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2013 $60,250
Accounts Receivable Analyst Allianz Asset Management of America L.P Newport Beach, CA Jul 14, 2016 $57,200
Accounts Receivable Analyst Allianz Asset Management of America L.P Newport Beach, CA Jan 06, 2016 $57,200
Accounts Receivable Analyst Allianz Asset Management of America L.P Newport Beach, CA Jul 14, 2014 $55,000
Account Receivable Analyst Hisense USA Corp. Suwanee, GA Sep 12, 2015 $46,717
Accounts Receivable Analyst 24/7 Real Media, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2010 $42,500

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Top Skills for An Accounts Receivable Analyst

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Accounts Receivables
  3. New Accounts
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  • Assisted in preparation of monthly financial statements and provided appropriate research to explain any exceptions.
  • Consolidated invoices and related financial data for customers to reconcile budgets and forecasting, turning accounts receivables into cash.
  • Prepared recommendations and makes credit approval decisions on new accounts.
  • Operated recovery systems necessary to place and recall accounts from outside collection agencies and customer services.
  • Managed all aging reports for invoices over 50 days past due for JedRoot Inc., JedRoot LA, and 3 Production.

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