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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Quick Facts : Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks*
2010 Median Pay$34,030
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,898,300
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change259,000


Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks create financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements and check financial records for accuracy to ensure that all financial documents are in order.

What Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Do

  • Use bookkeeping software as well as online spreadsheets and databases
  • Enter (post) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Receive and record cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Put costs (debits) as well as income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Produce reports, such as balance sheets (costs compared to income), income statements, and totals by account

Work Environment

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in many industries, including firms that provide accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services; federal, state, and local governments; and schools. About 1 of 4 bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks worked part time in 2010.
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Job Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is expected to have a 14 percent increase from 2010 to 2020, as job growth for these workers is largely driven by overall economic growth.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $34,030.
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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

34030

Business Occupations

58154.0909

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks*
Percent Change in Employment

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

13.6438

Business Occupations

9.55203445933082

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need a high school diploma, and they usually learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.
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