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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

  • $69,000

    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 Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Finance Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 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
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Co-Manager Unit Manager
Collections Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Consultant Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Consultant
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Office Manager Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Manager
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Manager Accounting/Office Manager 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
Accounting Manager 4.4 years
Accounting Auditor 3.4 years
Accounting Analyst 3.0 years
Accounting Staff 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Accounting Specialist
Accountant 8.5%
Bookkeeper 4.1%
Controller 2.8%
Cashier 2.5%
Teller 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Accounting Specialist
Accountant 12.2%
Controller 4.0%
Analyst 3.1%
Bookkeeper 3.1%
Consultant 2.8%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
Show Salaries
$47,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Graphic Packaging International
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Senior Accounting Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Accounting Specialist in the United States is $69,697 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Senior Accounting Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Accounting Mananger E*Trade Financial Corporation Arlington, VA Aug 19, 2012 $97,843 -
$141,000
Senior Accounting Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Montgomery, AL Jan 15, 2016 $89,630
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Feb 22, 2016 $82,250
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 Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 26, 2015 $68,000 -
$102,000
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Jan 07, 2016 $67,413 -
$82,368
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Jul 27, 2016 $67,413 -
$82,368
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

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Top Skills for A Senior Accounting Specialist

  1. Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared monthly financial statements for assigned funds, maintained audit analysis schedules during the year and finalize year-end
  • Compile, analyze and reconcile general ledger accounts and provide explanation of any discrepancies to management.
  • Reviewed financial statement trends, researched unusual items, made journal entries and re-classed appropriately
  • Performed quarterly audits within department, prepare account packages and assure accuracy in preparation for external auditors.
  • Assisted purchasing department generating purchase orders when needed.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Accounting Specialists

  1. Alaska
  2. Minnesota
  3. Maine
  4. Washington
  5. California
  6. Oregon
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New Hampshire
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Vermont
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Senior Accounting Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

64.8%

Male

25.2%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.6%

Mandarin

10.5%

Chinese

8.8%

Cantonese

7.0%

Portuguese

5.3%

Indonesian

3.5%

Vietnamese

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Thai

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Russian

1.8%

Albanian

1.8%

French

1.8%

Fuzhou

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Hmong

1.8%

Georgian

1.8%
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Senior Accounting Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.4%

Strayer University

11.7%

University of Houston

5.6%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Suffolk University

4.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Bentley University

3.7%

Robert Morris University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Texas Southern University

3.3%

Boston University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.8%

Henry Ford College

2.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.8%

Kaplan University

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.3%

New York University

2.3%

National University

2.3%

University of North Florida

2.3%
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Majors

Accounting

41.4%

Business

32.8%

Finance

8.0%

Management

3.0%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

General Studies

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Computer Science

1.0%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

Economics

0.9%

Communication

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.7%

English

0.7%

Medical Assisting Services

0.7%

Legal Support Services

0.6%

International Business

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

18.8%

Other

17.8%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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