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Working As An Audit Clerk

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

  • Repetitive

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Audit Clerk 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 Audit 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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Audit Clerk Career Paths

Audit Clerk
Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Administrator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant Senior Accountant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Clerk Staff Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Clerk Staff Accountant Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit Analyst
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Auditor Senior Auditor Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Auditor Senior Accountant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Auditor Finance Analyst Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Team Leader Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Specialist Executive Assistant
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Finance Analyst Accounts Payable Supervisor
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Credit Analyst Credit Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Accounting Manager
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Accounts Receivable Specialist Charge Bookkeeper
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Charge Bookkeeper Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Charge Bookkeeper Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Audit Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

65.8%

Male

21.9%

Unknown

12.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.3%

French

8.6%

Polish

5.7%

Mandarin

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Hindi

2.9%

Ukrainian

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Gujarati

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Indonesian

1.4%

Dari

1.4%

Afrikaans

1.4%

Filipino

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Italian

1.4%
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Audit Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.6%

Kaplan University

9.6%

Strayer University

8.8%

Hagerstown Community College

6.7%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

5.4%

College of Southern Nevada

5.0%

Ashford University

3.3%

Monroe College

3.3%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.3%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

Jackson State University

3.3%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

2.9%

Liberty University

2.9%

National University

2.5%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.5%

San Francisco State University

2.5%

Houston Community College

2.5%

The Academy

2.5%

American InterContinental University

2.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

Accounting

27.4%

Health Care Administration

5.7%

Finance

3.4%

General Studies

3.2%

Management

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

Nursing

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Legal Support Services

1.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Information Technology

1.3%

Human Services

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.3%

Communication

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

30.8%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

3.8%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does an Audit Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Audit Clerk in the United States is $39,780 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

Real Audit Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Itech Analyst Corp Southington, CT Sep 10, 2015 $66,784
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Scopus Consulting Group Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 10, 2015 $66,784
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk Tata Consultancy Services Limited Jacksonville, FL Sep 16, 2014 $66,100 -
$66,900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks PFM Asset Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 14, 2014 $62,858
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Preferred Realty Advisors, Inc. Baldwin Park, CA Mar 05, 2013 $58,436
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks West Fraser, Inc. Germantown, TN Jul 25, 2014 $55,411
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Asian Imports, LLC Lorton, VA May 21, 2014 $53,206
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Seoul Glass & Interior, Inc. Jackson, NY Jun 24, 2014 $50,523
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Gs Jewelry Inc. New York, NY Jul 11, 2014 $50,318
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Vibrros (Ny) LLC New York, NY Feb 21, 2014 $50,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks J'AIME Nails Inc. NY Apr 28, 2014 $50,150
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Har Maspeth Corp. NY Feb 04, 2014 $50,149
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Koryeo International Corp. New York, NY Mar 07, 2014 $50,149
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Sunrise Home Health Services of America Inc. Rockwall, TX Sep 04, 2013 $50,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks K&K Hardwood Floor, Inc. Chantilly, VA Jul 02, 2013 $43,534
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Met Trucking, Inc. Laurel, MD Sep 26, 2013 $43,534
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks The Crystal Evangelical Church of New York NY Apr 08, 2014 $43,139
Audit Clerk Ra Moulton Gas & Market, Inc. Laguna Woods, CA Jul 15, 2015 $43,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Grand SK Lyndhurst, NJ Aug 19, 2013 $43,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks H-One Trading Corporation Tucker, GA May 06, 2014 $42,994
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Glen Oaks Village Owners, Inc. Glen, NY Jul 18, 2013 $42,994
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks By Design LLC New York, NY Mar 03, 2014 $42,994
Auditing Clerk Georgia C-Stores LLC Atlanta, GA Dec 08, 2016 $38,979
Auditing Clerk Muntaha Asif Rana Inc. Greenville, GA Nov 29, 2016 $38,979
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Sejin International In USA Inc. San Diego, CA May 14, 2013 $38,896
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks U10C BOBA Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 08, 2013 $38,896
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Berendo Street Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA Apr 22, 2014 $38,501
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Shahriar S. Rad Los Angeles, CA Mar 03, 2014 $38,501 -
$38,505
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Circle Trim, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 08, 2013 $38,501
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Han Na, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 11, 2013 $38,501

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  1. Audit
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Data Entry
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  • Skilled at preparing both detailed reports and executive summaries for management concerning all audits and service terminations.
  • Consolidate final reviews of audits and financial statements for approval of accounting manager.
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  • Audited weekly adjustment (Catalyst) reports for multiple Customer Service call center locations resulting in quarterly reductions in discretionary adjustments.
  • Audit internal paper work to ensure compliance with stated guidelines.

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