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Become An Accounts Receivable Specialist

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Working As An Accounts Receivable Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $44,690

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Receivable Specialist Do

An Accounts Receivable Specialist is responsible for tracking and resolving outstanding payment problems on behalf of the organization. They carry out account analysis and research, as well as provide an accurate aging report to management.

How To Become An Accounts Receivable Specialist

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.


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.


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.


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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Real Accounts Receivable Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Laboratories and AR&D QUVA Pharma, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Feb 29, 2016 $165,000
Director of Laboratories and AR&D QUVA Pharma Inc. Sugar Land, TX Feb 29, 2016 $165,000
Senior Director, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York LLC Brookhaven, NY Feb 02, 2015 $136,000
Senior Director, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York LLC Brookhaven, NY Feb 16, 2015 $136,000
Senior Director, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York LLC Brookhaven, NY Mar 04, 2015 $136,000
Senior Director, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York LLC Brookhaven, NY Oct 01, 2014 $126,010
Director of Billing & AR Interactive Communications International, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2013 $97,342
Accounts Receivable Specialist Ascom Network Testing Inc. Reston, VA Feb 07, 2011 $65,000
Accounts Receivable Specialist Daymon Worldwide, Inc. Stamford, CT Dec 01, 2009 $49,774 -
Accounts Receivable Specialist/Accounting North Star Intellectual Property Law P.C. Washington, DC Sep 09, 2014 $48,800 -

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Top Skills for An Accounts Receivable Specialist


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Top Accounts Receivable Specialist Skills

  1. Accounts Receivables
  2. Customer Service
  3. Credit Card Payments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reconciled a wide range of accounts receivables including general contractors, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
  • Created marketing materials for social media campaigns and maintained company presence and customer service through social media outlets.
  • Reviewed and processed customer's checks, bank wires and credit card payments.
  • Reconciled daily and monthly general ledgers and financial reports.
  • Reconciled discrepancies between accounts receivable general ledger account and accounts receivable trial balance account.

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