Administrative Accounting Clerk

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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Description: what do they do?

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use  in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.

Also known as:

Accounts Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeper, Account Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Specialist,  Accounting Assistant, Accounts Payables Clerk, Account Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Associate

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Outlook: will there be jobs?

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

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Projected employment

California United States
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Typical wages
Annual wages for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks in California

Location California United States
10% $26,350 $23,880
25% $34,390 $30,640
Median $44,050 $38,390
75% $55,370 $48,440
90% $66,010 $59,630

Education and experience: to get started

People starting in this career usually have:

  • Some college, no degree
  • No work experience
  • 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:

  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping

Typical education

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Certifications: show your skills

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  • Get a job
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Licenses: do you need one?

Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.
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Apprenticeships: learn on the job

Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Execute sales or other financial transactions.
  • Verify accuracy of financial or transactional data.
  • Prepare cash for deposit or disbursement.
  • Compile data or documentation.
  • Calculate financial data.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Collect deposits, payments or fees.
  • Monitor financial information.
  • Reconcile records of sales or other financial transactions.
  • Code data or other information.
  • File documents or records.
  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Search files, databases or reference materials to obtain needed information.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services.
  • Maintain inventory records.


People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and
    their applications.


People in this career often have these skills:

  • Mathematics – Using math to solve problems.


People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Mathematical Reasoning – Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Number Facility – Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.

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This information was retrieved on 2/12/2018 at 2:07 PM Eastern Time from Occupation Profile at CareerOneStop (, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. /Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx Wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. ( Education information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. ( Information on Occupational Description, Interests and Tasks comes from the Occupation Information Network. (

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