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Working As A Senior Accounting Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $37,470

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Accounting Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Senior Accounting Specialist
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Treasury Analyst
Cash Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit And Collections Analyst
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager General Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Controller Senior Finance Analyst
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Accounting Manager 4.2 years
Accounting Clerk 3.2 years
Accounting Analyst 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 8.1%
Teller 2.5%
Bookkeeper 2.3%
Auditor 2.1%
Controller 2.1%
Top Employers After
Accountant 12.1%
Manager 3.8%
Analyst 3.6%
Auditor 2.8%
Controller 2.8%
Consultant 2.3%

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Senior Accounting Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

71.3%

Male

26.3%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Asian

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

Mandarin

11.9%

Chinese

9.5%

Cantonese

7.1%

Portuguese

4.8%

Indonesian

4.8%

Vietnamese

4.8%

Thai

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

French

2.4%

Fuzhou

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Hmong

2.4%
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Senior Accounting Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

Strayer University

13.2%

Bentley University

5.0%

Boston University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Henry Ford College

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Sam Houston State University

4.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.1%

University of North Florida

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

Suffolk University

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Oklahoma State University

3.3%

University of Alaska Anchorage

3.3%

Elon University

2.5%
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Majors

Accounting

41.2%

Business

31.1%

Finance

8.5%

Management

3.1%

Marketing

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Psychology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Communication

1.0%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Economics

0.9%

English

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Legal Support Services

0.7%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%

Public Administration

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Other

19.5%

Masters

18.6%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Accounting Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Accounting Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Montgomery, AL Jan 15, 2016 $89,630
Accounting Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Bloomfield, CT Oct 01, 2012 $77,400
Accounting Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Bloomfield, CT Nov 18, 2011 $75,000
Senior Accounting Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Montgomery, AL Jul 28, 2016 $73,970
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA May 23, 2012 $64,500 -
$79,300
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Aug 22, 2010 $58,483
Accounting Senior Specialist JOON, LLC Cusseta, AL Jan 04, 2014 $57,500
SR. Accounting Specialist Mars Information Services Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2014 $56,100 -
$78,000
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Sep 29, 2013 $55,200 -
$77,700
SR. Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Sep 29, 2010 $52,800 -
$737,000
Senior Accounting Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Oct 23, 2015 $50,590
Senior Accounting Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 08, 2014 $48,000
SR. Accounting Specialist Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Saint Louis, MO Aug 24, 2016 $46,946 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Accounting Specialist

MonthlyFinancialStatementsGeneralLedgerAccountsMonthlyJournalEntriesPayrollProcessingNewProceduresExternalAuditsAccountReconciliationsInvoicePurchaseOrdersCustomerServiceAssetIncomeSpecialProjectsCreditCardExpenseReportsGaapFinancialReportsPortfolioACHDataEntry

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  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Monthly Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare the monthly financial statements for our affiliated non-profit organizations.
  • Assist with monthly analysis and reconciliations of general ledger accounts, including bank accounts and employees.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries, normalization spreadsheets, discounts, splits, Maintenance tending and contract review.
  • Updated employee records for payroll processing.
  • Participated in internal & external audits pertaining to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

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