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Working As A Timekeeper

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Timekeeper Do

Financial clerks do administrative work for many types of organizations. They keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Duties

Financial clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep and update financial records
  • Compute bills and charges
  • Offer customer assistance
  • Carry out financial transactions

Financial clerks give administrative and clerical support in financial settings. Their specific job duties vary by specialty and by setting.

Billing and posting clerks calculate charges, develop bills, and prepare them to be mailed to customers. They review documents such as purchase orders, sales tickets, charge slips, and hospital records to compute fees or charges due. They also contact customers to get or give account information.

Gaming cage workers work in casinos and other gaming establishments. The “cage” in which they work is the central depository for money and gaming chips. Gaming cage workers sell gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to patrons. They count funds and reconcile daily summaries of transactions in order to balance books.

Payroll and timekeeping clerks compile and post employee time and payroll data. They verify and record attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments. They ensure that employees are paid on time and that their paychecks are accurate.

Procurement clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle questions about orders. They respond to questions from customers and suppliers about the status of orders. They handle requests to change or cancel orders. They make sure that purchases arrive on schedule and that the items meet the purchaser’s specifications.

Brokerage clerks help with tasks associated with securities such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and other kinds of investments. Their duties include writing orders for stock purchases and sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks review the credit history, and get the information needed to determine the creditworthiness, of individuals or businesses applying for credit. Credit authorizers evaluate customers’ computerized credit records and payment histories to decide, based on predetermined standards, whether to approve new credit. Credit checkers call or write credit departments of business and service establishments to get information about applicants’ credit standing.

Loan interviewers, also called loan processors or loan clerks, interview applicants and others to get and verify personal and financial information needed to complete loan applications. They also prepare the documents that go to the appraiser and are issued at the closing of a loan.

New accounts clerks interview people who want to open accounts in financial institutions. They explain the account services available to prospective customers and help them fill out applications. They also investigate and correct errors in accounts.

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks process applications for insurance policies. They also handle customers’ requests to change or cancel their existing policies. Their duties include interviewing clients and reviewing insurance applications to ensure that all questions have been answered. They also notify insurance agents and accounting departments of policy cancellations or changes.

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How To Become A Timekeeper

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for most financial clerk jobs. These workers usually learn their duties through on-the-job training.

Education

Financial clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. Employers of brokerage clerks may prefer candidates who have taken some college courses in business or economics and, in some cases, require a 2- or 4-year college degree.

Training

Most financial clerks learn how to do their job duties through on-the-job training. Some formal technical training also may be necessary; for example, gaming cage workers may need training in specific gaming regulations and procedures.

Advancement

Financial clerks can advance to related occupations in finance. For example, a loan interviewer or clerk can become a loan officer, and a brokerage clerk can become a securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent, after obtaining the required education and license.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Financial clerks should have good communication skills so that they can explain policies and procedures to colleagues and customers.

Math skills. The job duties of financial clerks, including calculating charges and checking credit scores, require basic math skills.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for financial clerks because they must be able to find files quickly and efficiently.

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Timekeeper Career Paths

Timekeeper
Accounting Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accountant Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Payroll Specialist Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Payroll Administrator Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Payroll Administrator
Payroll Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Clerk Human Resources Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Consultant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Consultant Senior Accountant
Accounts Payable Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Administrator Business Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Assistant Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Account Human Resources Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Assistant Office Manager Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Project Accountant Accountant/Consultant
Business Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Timekeeper

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. Timesheets
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed, coordinated, and submitted weekly payroll and timekeeping activities for 100+ employees.
  • Worked as a timekeeper inputting employee hours and kept up with the timesheets daily along with the roster.
  • Performed data entry, produced and analyzed reports while utilizing standard payroll and timekeeping systems.
  • Set up all personnel files for all employees and performed administrative duties such as data entry and filing.
  • Attended weekly safety meetings to ensure all workers personal safety.

Timekeeper Demographics

Gender

Female

73.1%

Male

16.4%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

21.6%

Black or African American

13.9%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.9%

Russian

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Swedish

2.8%

Hindi

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Turkish

2.8%

Braille

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Malayalam

2.8%

Cheyenne

2.8%
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Timekeeper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.9%

Lamar University

10.4%

Lee College

9.7%

Del Mar College

7.8%

Lamar State College - Orange

5.8%

Southeastern Louisiana University

5.2%

McNeese State University

5.2%

Brazosport College

5.2%

Houston Community College

4.5%

University of Houston

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

San Jacinto College District

3.2%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.6%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

2.6%

University of Houston - Clear Lake

2.6%

Alvin Community College

2.6%

Nicholls State University

2.6%

University of North Texas

1.9%

Ashford University

1.9%
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Majors

Business

29.0%

Accounting

15.0%

Health Care Administration

7.7%

General Studies

6.3%

Psychology

4.9%

Computer Science

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Legal Support Services

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

English

1.9%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Early Childhood Education

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

41.4%

Bachelors

26.8%

Associate

18.1%

Certificate

5.8%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.6%
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