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Working As A Senior Accounting Clerk

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

  • Repetitive

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Accounting 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 A Senior Accounting 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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Senior Accounting Clerk Career Paths

Senior Accounting Clerk
Office Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Assistant Controller
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Corporate Accounting Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Accounts Payable Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Supervisor Supervisor Unit Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Supervisor Assistant Controller Finance Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Supervisor Supervisor Assistant Store Manager
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accounting Specialist Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Consultant
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accounting Specialist Senior Finance Analyst Senior Finance Consultant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Corporate Controller Accounting Manager/Controller
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Technical Account Manager
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Accountable Clerk 3.7 years
Accounting Clerk 3.4 years
Accounting Staff 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Accounting Clerk
Bookkeeper 5.8%
Teller 3.7%
Cashier 3.7%
Clerk 2.8%
Accountant 2.4%
Top Careers After Senior Accounting Clerk
Accountant 8.6%
Bookkeeper 5.9%
Cashier 3.4%
Manager 2.0%
Controller 2.0%

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Senior Accounting Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

74.7%

Male

16.5%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.4%

Italian

5.3%

Portuguese

3.5%

Chinese

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

Polish

3.5%

Afrikaans

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.8%

German

1.8%

Turkish

1.8%

French

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%
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Senior Accounting Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

33.9%

Strayer University

8.7%

University of Houston

5.8%

Houston Community College

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

University of Mississippi

3.3%

Central State University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Saint Louis Community College

2.9%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

Baker College

2.9%

Ashford University

2.5%

University of Maryland - University College

2.5%

University of Northern Iowa

2.5%

Rasmussen College

2.5%

Kennesaw State University

2.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

2.5%

University of Memphis

2.5%
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Majors

Accounting

41.7%

Business

31.9%

Finance

3.8%

Management

3.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

General Studies

1.9%

Computer Science

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Medical Assisting Services

1.1%

Human Services

1.1%

Psychology

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Nursing

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

0.8%

Communication

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

28.5%

Associate

17.3%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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How much does a Senior Accounting Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Accounting Clerk in the United States is $46,205 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $70,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Accounting Clerk

  1. General Ledger Accounts
  2. Vendor Invoices
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform monthly account analysis and reconciliations of general ledger accounts for all entities making appropriate adjusting journal entries as needed.
  • Audit capital vendor invoices and supporting data for conformance with established procedures, regulations and compliance with executed contract terms.
  • Calculated payroll taxes utilizing charts, calculators and computers.
  • Maintained procurement controls, performing account reconciliations and positing cash receipts and data maintenance.
  • Analyze asset and liability accounts, bank reconciliations prepare necessary correcting journal entries using Excel.

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