Bookkeeper Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$39,000
$29,000
$39,000
$52,000
The average bookkeeper makes about $39,688 per year. That's $19.08 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $29,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $52,000. Many of bookkeepers seem to be drawn to professional and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case bookkeepers tend to work at insurance, retail, and manufacturing companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts pay bookkeepers the highest salaries.
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Map of Bookkeeper Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Bookkeepers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Bookkeeper Salary By Location

While a bookkeeper can average a salary of $39,688 per year, or $19.08 per hour, there are many opportunities for bookkeepers to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $52,506 per year. Other high-paying locations include Stamford, CT, New York, NY and Boston, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $39,000. The highest paying states for bookkeepers include New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Nebraska, Alabama, and Kentucky offer the lowest salaries.

Average Bookkeeper Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like KPMG and Bonadio & Co as they offer the highest salaries for bookkeepers.

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Average Bookkeeper Pay By Industry

As we previously stated, bookkeeper salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that insurance, retail, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for bookkeepers. For example, bookkeepers make a whopping average salary of $40,468 while working for insurance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $40,126 at retail companies and $39,279 at manufacturing companies. But bookkeepers may want to avoid working in the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $38,712.

Industry
Average Salary
Insurance
Insurance
$40,468
$40k
Retail
Retail
$40,126
$40k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$39,279
$39k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$39,004
$39k
Professional
Professional
$38,712
$39k

Bookkeeper Salary History

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Bookkeeper Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a bookkeeper can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Bookkeeper Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Essential Personnel, Inc.
Essential Personnel, Inc.
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/30/2020
07/30/2020
$25,044
$25,044
07/30/2020
Taylor White Accounting and Finance
Taylor White Accounting and Finance
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/29/2020
07/29/2020
$40,000
$40,000
07/29/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
07/29/2020
07/29/2020
$39,653
$39,653
07/29/2020
Lakeville Area Public Schools
Lakeville Area Public Schools
Attendance/Bookkeeper/Clerical Float
Attendance/Bookkeeper/Clerical Float
Attendance/Bookkeeper/Clerical Float
07/29/2020
07/29/2020
$36,293
$36,293
07/29/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/28/2020
07/28/2020
$41,740
$41,740
07/28/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/24/2020
07/24/2020
$35,479
$35,479
07/24/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/24/2020
07/24/2020
$31,305
$31,305
07/24/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
07/24/2020
07/24/2020
$35,000
$35,000
07/24/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
07/24/2020
07/24/2020
$41,740
$41,740
07/24/2020
Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper
07/23/2020
07/23/2020
$37,566
$37,566
07/23/2020