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Become A Bookkeeper

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Working As A Bookkeeper

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

  • Repetitive

  • $39,395

    Average Salary

What Does A Bookkeeper Do

A Bookkeeper maintains records of financial transactions. They post financial information to accounting journals or accounting software from invoices, cash receipts, and supplier invoices.

How To Become A Bookkeeper

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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Bookkeeper Career Paths

Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Charge Bookkeeper Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Associate Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Specialist Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounting Clerk Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Clerk Office Manager Accountant
Chief Accountant
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Clerk Billing Specialist Collector
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager General Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Bookkeeper Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • Italian

  • Polish

  • Korean

  • Armenian

  • Tagalog

  • Ukrainian

  • Hebrew

  • Urdu

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Real Bookkeeper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bookkeeper Artviz, LLC Miami, FL Jan 07, 2016 $85,984 -
Bookkeeper Monolith Materials Redwood City, CA Jan 03, 2016 $73,045
Bookkeeper Helping Hands Adult Day Health Care Center Alta, CA Aug 10, 2015 $63,066
Bookkeeper Helping Hands Adult Day Health Care Center Alta, CA May 19, 2016 $63,066
Bookkeeper for East European Programs Cultural Homestay International San Anselmo, CA Dec 14, 2016 $57,304
Bookkeeper Momentum Education Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $55,000
Bookkeeper 7-Eleven Store #23450C NY May 05, 2016 $54,163
Bookkeeper L&B Universal, Inc. Chantilly, VA Apr 12, 2015 $53,206
Bookkeeper Koryo Books Enterprise Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2016 $52,154
Bookkeeper Junee Commercial and Company Inc. Islandia, NY Aug 16, 2016 $52,154
Bookkeeper Dream Nj Inc. Little Ferry, NJ May 07, 2016 $52,154
Bookkeeper L & N Dental Laboratory Wallington, NJ May 12, 2016 $51,979
Bookkeeper Sam Hee International New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $51,979
Bookkeeper Airwaves Wireless, LLC Houston, TX Dec 27, 2016 $43,500
Bookkeeper KOAM Physical Therapy, PC NY Aug 18, 2015 $43,500
Bookkeeper C&S Specialty, Inc. Norwood, NJ Jun 26, 2015 $43,140
Bookkeeper A.W. Ross Inc. Passaic, NJ Jun 03, 2015 $43,139
Bookkeeper All State Printing Clifton, NJ Jul 08, 2015 $43,139
Bookkeeper The Crystal Evangelical Church of New York NY Aug 07, 2015 $43,139
Bookkeeper Cititicket Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $43,139
Bookkeeper World Ambulette Transportation, Inc. NY Nov 20, 2015 $43,139
Bookkeeper 5 Star Taxes & Accounting, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 04, 2015 $40,165
Bookkeeper Touch of Beauty Supply, Inc. Harvey, IL Sep 10, 2015 $40,165 -
Bookkeeper New Age Realty Inc. D/B/A Century 21 Universal Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2015 $40,165
Bookkeeper 5000 Years Food, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 12, 2015 $40,165
Bookkeeper Apex Tax Services Inc. Austin, TX Sep 19, 2016 $40,000
International Bookkeeper Contractors USA Manassas, VA Aug 01, 2015 $40,000

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Top Skills for A Bookkeeper


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Top Bookkeeper Skills

  1. Payroll Tax Returns
  2. Quickbooks Pro
  3. General Ledger Accounts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Posted daily activity, oversaw budgets and reconciled bank accounts Produced monthly financial statements and processed quarterly sales and payroll tax returns
  • Used QuickBooks Pro to reconciled monthly bank and credit card statements and updated the financial reports.
  • Balanced monthly general ledger accounts to accurately record cost and month end accruals.
  • Handled all accounts payables and receivables for twelve different entities.
  • Answer phones, customer service, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, union reporting, office management skills.

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