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Working As A Charge Bookkeeper

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

  • Repetitive

  • $44,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Charge Bookkeeper 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 A Charge 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.

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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Charge Bookkeeper Career Paths

Charge Bookkeeper
Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Account Manager Billing Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist Accountant
Chief Accountant
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Collector
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Manager Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller General Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll/Human Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Charge Bookkeeper 5.0 years
Payroll Bookkeeper 3.8 years
Bookkeeper 3.6 years
Accounting Clerk 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Bookkeeper 13.8%
Accountant 5.7%
Controller 2.8%
Owner 2.2%
Top Employers After
Bookkeeper 12.7%
Accountant 9.4%
Controller 4.8%
Owner 2.5%

Charge Bookkeeper Demographics

Gender

Female

85.3%

Male

13.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

French

8.4%

Russian

6.7%

Chinese

6.1%

Portuguese

5.0%

German

5.0%

Mandarin

4.5%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Hindi

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Filipino

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%
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Charge Bookkeeper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

7.0%

Strayer University

6.0%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Glendale Community College

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Bergen Community College

3.4%

Central Washington University

3.4%

Boise State University

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Florida Atlantic University

3.1%

Central New Mexico Community College

3.1%

Hofstra University

3.1%

Fresno City College

2.9%

University of New Mexico

2.9%

Ashford University

2.7%

Nassau Community College

2.7%

Miami Dade College

2.7%
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Majors

Accounting

55.6%

Business

24.5%

Finance

2.7%

Management

1.9%

Education

1.5%

Psychology

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Health Care Administration

1.1%

General Studies

1.0%

Legal Support Services

1.0%

Real Estate

1.0%

Marketing

0.9%

Nursing

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%

Mathematics

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.8%

Other

31.9%

Associate

19.4%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Charge Bookkeeper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Full Charge Bookkeeper JSRL LLC Hempstead, NY Apr 22, 2015 $42,952
Full-Charge Bookkeeper Thai Cottage IX, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 12, 2016 $42,370
Bookkeeper Full-Charge Law Office of Sumeet Lall Los Angeles, CA Oct 27, 2016 $41,995
Full-Charge Bookkeeper Imagine Schools Port Saint Lucie, FL Oct 01, 2010 $41,323
Bookkeeper, Full Charge Baja CAFE Celest Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Oct 29, 2015 $40,040
Full-Charge Bookkeeper Thai Cottage IX, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 06, 2016 $39,770
Full-Charge Bookkeeper Thai Cottage II, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Mar 06, 2016 $39,770
Full-Charge Bookkeeper BB Noodle House, LLC Sugar Land, TX Dec 07, 2016 $39,770
Full-Charge Bookkeeper LTL Interests, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2015 $38,459
Bookkeeper Full Charge Lafayette Textiles Corp Vernon, CA Jan 06, 2011 $38,002
Bookkeeper Full Charge Shahriar S. Rad Los Angeles, CA Feb 29, 2012 $38,002 -
$38,010
Bookkeeper Full Charge John G. Rezapour Md, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Apr 23, 2010 $37,587
Bookkeeper Full Charge Moretti's Design Collection, Inc. Carson, CA Aug 23, 2010 $37,461
Bookkeeper, Full Charge Bhuvneshvari, Inc. Lake Worth, FL Mar 05, 2016 $37,066
Bookkeeper, Full Charge Gulf Coast Flowers Wholesale Inc. Naples, FL Feb 18, 2016 $36,171
Bookkeeper Full Charge Lexone Inc. DBA LIMU San Francisco, CA Oct 14, 2009 $35,959
Full Charge Bookkeeper Ark 48 Corporation New York, NY Jan 07, 2010 $32,411
Bookkeeper Full Charge Cal-Best Insurance Agency Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 20, 2011 $31,075
Bookkeeper Full Charge Amiri Tour & Travel Service, Inc. CA Nov 25, 2009 $31,075
Bookkeeper Full Charge AGT Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 22, 2010 $31,075

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Top Skills for A Charge Bookkeeper

PayrollTaxReturnsGeneralLedgerAccountsMonthlyBankReconciliationsAccountsReceivablesQuickbooksProAccountsPayablesGeneralJournalEntriesSalesTaxReturnsCreditCardAccountsBankDepositsCPABankAccountsBalanceSheetW-2MonthlyBankStatementsIncomeStatementsCustomerServiceSalesTaxReportsAuditADP

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Top Charge Bookkeeper Skills

  1. Payroll Tax Returns
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Monthly Bank Reconciliations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare client payroll tax returns and W-2s using 1099-ETC.
  • Prepared monthly reconciliation of general ledger accounts and bank statements.
  • Prepared, reviewed and analyzed monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Increased collection speed with timely review of Accounts Receivables Aging reports and worked with customers regarding past due accounts.
  • Prepare management reports and financial summaries using QuickBooks Pro and MS Access detailing financial status.

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