Accounts Payable Clerk

Job Description

Do you enjoy working with numbers and reviewing data? Do you like the thought of working with vendors and suppliers? If so you may be well suited for a role as an Accounts Payable Clerk.

AP Clerks serve an important function for any organization that consistently uses a large number of vendors and suppliers.  They ensure that invoices for goods and services are paid in a timely manner, playing close attention to company budgets and processes, and vendor agreements.  It’s a great role for detail-oriented professionals who

A role as an AP Clerk is ideal for professionals who are well organized, disciplined, and enjoy communicating with a wide variety of internal and external contacts on a daily basis.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain petty cash
  • Log all incoming invoices and outgoing payments
  • Monitor all vendor contracts and supplier agreements
  • Identify discrepancies and resolve billing issues
  • Reconcile payable reports on a monthly basis
  • Keep track of all credits owed to the company and ensure they are appropriately applied to vendor payments

Education and Background

This position requires an associate’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related discipline.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational ability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Effective corporate communication skills
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Excellent data entry skills

Compensation

The average annual salary in the US for AP Clerks is $40,000, which will vary based on experience and geography:

Salary low:

  • Orlando, Florida: $38,500
  • Tampa, Florida: $38,700
  • Miami, Florida: $41,600
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $40,600
  • Chicago, Illinois: $46,700
  • Los Angeles, California: $50,100
  • New York City, New York: $53,200
  • Seattle, Washington: $48,700
  • National Average: $38,000

Salary high:

  • Orlando, Florida: $46,400
  • Tampa, Florida: $46,900
  • Miami, Florida: $50,400
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $49,200
  • Chicago, Illinois: $56,600
  • Houston, Texas: $50,800
  • Los Angeles, California: $60,700
  • New York City, New York: $64,400
  • Seattle, Washington: $58,900
  • National Average: $46,000

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Career Path

The first step in becoming an Accounts Payable Clerk is earning an associate’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related discipline. Beyond that, candidates can gain skills and accreditation by earning accounting certifications like Certified Accounts Payable Associate (CAPA).

Position Trends

The Accounts Payable field is continually evolving. Rather than thought of as a back-office function, accounts payable departments are beginning to be thought of in a more strategically important way than in the past. As well as depending on this department for its traditional function, companies will be looking to accounts payable departments to supply essential data.

Job Outlook

Like with many industries, automation is becoming more prevalent than in the past. This trend is projected to be a factor in a slight decline for Accounts Payable Clerks of 5% percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That said, Accounts Payable Clerks are used in a wide variety of accounting environments, and industries across the board require them.

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for an Accounts Payable Clerk are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in an office setting. However, longer or different hours can be necessary, depending on the needs and hours of an individual company.

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