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Working As A Fiscal Assistant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Fiscal Assistant 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 Fiscal Assistant

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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Fiscal Assistant Career Paths

Fiscal Assistant
Accountant Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accountant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Charge Bookkeeper Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Consultant Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Fiscal Technician Fiscal Analyst Finance Analyst
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Finance Analyst Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Assistant Accounts Receivable Specialist Accounts Receivable Supervisor
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Consultant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Customer Service Manager Collections Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Manager Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Fiscal Technician Billing Specialist Charge Bookkeeper
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Fiscal Technician Accounting Technician Budget Analyst
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Project Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Charge Bookkeeper Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Administrator Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Administrator Project Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Administrator Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Fiscal Officer 4.5 years
Accountable Clerk 3.7 years
Fiscal Specialist 3.6 years
Accounting Clerk 3.4 years
Fiscal Technician 3.3 years
Fiscal Clerk 3.3 years
Fiscal Assistant 3.0 years
Finance Clerk 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Fiscal Assistant
Cashier 8.3%
Accountant 4.8%
Secretary 4.6%
Bookkeeper 4.4%
Clerk 3.9%
Internship 3.1%
Teller 3.0%
Top Careers After Fiscal Assistant
Accountant 14.9%
Cashier 5.7%
Bookkeeper 4.0%
Secretary 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$36,000
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$25,000
Min 10%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$36,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Faneuil
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Fiscal Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Fiscal Assistant in the United States is $36,554 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

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Top Skills for A Fiscal Assistant

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Income Tax Returns
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared monthly financial statements and conducted internal audits to determine compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate record keeping of all invoices purchase orders and other specific documentation for compliance with federal regulations.
  • Performed database management to collect and analyze journal entries and accounting data.
  • Received money for certificates and prepared bank deposits.
  • Verified entries posted correctly to subsidiary and general ledger accounts.

Fiscal Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

73.5%

Male

17.5%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Chinese

8.3%

Cantonese

5.0%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Indonesian

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Fiscal Assistant Education

Schools

Florida State University

12.5%

University of Phoenix

9.6%

University of Florida

8.1%

Tallahassee Community College

7.5%

University of Central Florida

7.2%

University of California - San Diego

7.2%

Strayer University

6.6%

Florida International University

4.8%

Santa Fe Community College

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

Santa Fe College

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

3.3%

Florida Atlantic University

2.7%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2.7%

Walden University

2.4%

Saint Leo University

2.4%

University of South Florida

2.1%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

2.1%
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Majors

Business

33.5%

Accounting

29.8%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Psychology

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

General Studies

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Computer Science

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Economics

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Legal Support Services

1.5%

Public Health

1.4%

Medical Assisting Services

1.4%

Management Science

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Other

22.8%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

13.1%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.7%
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