ACCOUNTING CLERKS keep track of money. They record all amounts coming into or leaving an organization. Accounting clerks post transactions in computer files, and update these files when needed. Clerks record debits and credits, and watch loans, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. They get data from cashiers and check and balance receipts, and prepare bank deposits. Accounting clerks review computer printouts and journals and make sure accounts are accurate.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $34,500 average per year ($16.50 per hour)
- A very large occupation (1,675,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.0% per year)
Most employers prefer to hire ACCOUNTING CLERKS who have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. An associate's degree in business or accounting is often required. Some college graduates with a degree in business, accounting, or liberal arts accept entry-level clerical positions. Some companies have a set plan of advancement that track college graduates from entry-level clerical jobs into managerial positions. Workers with bachelor's degrees are likely to start at higher salaries and advance more easily.