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Working As An Accounts Receivable Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Receivable Analyst Do

Bill and account collectors try to recover payment on overdue bills. They negotiate repayment plans with debtors and help them find solutions to make paying their overdue bills easier.

Duties

Bill and account collectors typically do the following:

  • Find consumers and businesses who have overdue bills
  • Track down consumers who have an out-of-date address by using the Internet, post office, credit bureaus, or neighbors—a process called “skip tracing”
  • Inform debtors that they have an overdue bill and try to negotiate a payment
  • Explain the terms of sale or contract with the debtor, when necessary
  • Learn the reasons for the overdue bills, which can help with the negotiations
  • Offer credit advice or refer a consumer to a debt counselor, when appropriate

Bill and account collectors generally contact debtors by phone, although sometimes they do so by mail. They use computer systems to update contact information and record past collection attempts with a particular debtor. Keeping these records can help collectors with future negotiations.

The main job of bill and account collectors is finding a solution that is acceptable to the debtor and maximizes payment to the creditor. Listening to the debtor and paying attention to his or her concerns can help the collector negotiate a solution.

After the collector and debtor agree on a repayment plan, the collector continually checks to ensure that the debtor pays on time. If the debtor does not pay, the collector submits a statement to the creditor, who can take legal action. In extreme cases, this legal action may include taking back goods or disconnecting service.

Collectors must follow federal and state laws that govern debt collection. These laws require that collectors make sure they are talking with the debtor before announcing that the purpose of the call is to collect a debt. A collector also must give a statement, called “mini-Miranda,” which informs the account holder that they are speaking with a bill or debt collector.

Although many collectors work for third-party collection agencies, some work in-house for the original creditor, such as a credit-card company or a health care provider. The day-to-day activities of in-house collectors are generally the same as those of other collectors.

Collectors usually have goals they are expected to meet. Typically, these include calls per hour and success rates.

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How To Become An Accounts Receivable Analyst

Collectors usually must have a high school diploma. A few months of on-the-job training is common.

Education

Most bill and account collectors are required to have a high school diploma, although some employers prefer applicants who have taken some college courses. Communication, accounting, and basic computer courses are examples of classes that are helpful for entering this occupation.

Training

Collectors usually get 1 to 3 months of on-the-job training after being hired. Training includes learning the company’s policies and computer software and learning the laws for debt collection in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as well as their state’s debt-collection regulations. Collectors also may be trained in negotiation techniques.

Important Qualities

Listening skills. Collectors must pay attention to what debtors say when trying to negotiate a repayment plan. Learning the particular situation of the debtors and how they fell into debt can help collectors suggest solutions.

Negotiating skills. The main aspects of a collector’s job are reconciling the differences between two parties (the debtor and the creditor) and offering a solution that is acceptable to both parties.

Speaking skills. Collectors must be able to speak to debtors to explain their choices and ensure that they fully understand what is being said.

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Accounts Receivable Analyst Career Paths

Accounts Receivable Analyst
Staff Accountant Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accountant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Consultant Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Consultant Account Manager
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Manager Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Credit Analyst Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Credit Analyst Senior Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Credit Analyst Analyst Senior Accountant
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Credit And Collections Analyst Credit And Collection Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Supervisor Credit Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Analyst Medical Coder Billing Manager
Revenue Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Cost Accountant
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Internal Auditor Accounts Receivable Specialist
Senior Accounts Receivable Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Account Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Credit And Collections Analyst Senior Collector
Senior Collection Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Accounts Receivable Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Benefits Representative Billing Specialist
Senior Billing Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Analyst Reporting Analyst Fund Accountant
Senior Account Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Billing Analyst 2.9 years
Collection Analyst 2.9 years
Account Specialist 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Accounts Receivable Analyst
Accountant 4.3%
Analyst 3.3%
Bookkeeper 3.1%
Cashier 2.8%
Top Careers After Accounts Receivable Analyst
Accountant 6.1%
Analyst 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Steward Health Care System
Highest Paying City
Irving, TX
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Accounts Receivable Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Accounts Receivable Analyst in the United States is $45,806 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $62,000.

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

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Customer Accounts
  3. Accounts Receivables
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in preparation of monthly financial statements and provided appropriate research to explain any exceptions.
  • Manage assigned portfolio of customer accounts including collections, payment arrangements, flagging and cancellations.
  • Consolidated invoices and related financial data for customers to reconcile budgets and forecasting, turning accounts receivables into cash.
  • Reconciled client data to internal sources -Reconciled general ledger accounts -Collected on overdue accounts -Researched discrepancies between invoices and remit advice
  • Verify validity of account discrepancies by obtaining and investigating information from sales, trade promotions and customer service departments.

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Accounts Receivable Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

62.2%

Male

25.9%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

4.7%

Russian

4.7%

Chinese

4.1%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

German

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Accounts Receivable Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

35.4%

Strayer University

12.8%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

George Mason University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Ashford University

2.9%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Georgia State University

2.5%

University of Central Florida

2.5%

Sacred Heart University

2.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.5%

Saint Leo University

2.5%

Robert Morris University

2.3%

Houston Community College

2.3%

Davenport University

2.3%

Arizona State University

2.1%
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Majors

Business

35.7%

Accounting

29.8%

Finance

9.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Management

3.4%

Psychology

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Marketing

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

General Studies

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.0%

Political Science

0.8%

Nursing

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Other

20.6%

Masters

15.3%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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