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What does a Bookkeeper do?

Bookkeepers record financial transactions, maintain financial records, fact check financial data and update financial statements. Bookkeepers ensure accounts are current and accurate, using specialized software, spreadsheets and other tools to track and manage data. Some Bookkeepers track all income and expenditures for a company while others may work for larger organizations on specific projects and accounts, or for particular departments.

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Bookkeeper duties and responsibilities

A Bookkeeper’s tracks and manages financial data. A Bookkeeper has many responsibilities, including:

  • Documenting transaction details
  • Entering financial transactions in databases
  • Organizing financial reports
  • Fact-checking accounting
  • Notifying senior staff of accounting errors

Bookkeeper skills and qualifications

A successful Bookkeeper needs certain qualifications and skills to do the job well. They should have:

  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate complex data clearly
  • Excellent data entry skills
  • Great interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Familiarity with a wide range of financial transactions including Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable

Bookkeeper salary expectations

The average annual salary for Bookkeepers is $36,700—or $17.65 an hour. Bookkeepers tend to work for an employer for 1-3 years.

Bookkeeper education and training requirements

While some employers post entry-level jobs requiring only a high school diploma, many bookkeepers have a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, math or a related field. Bookkeepers may also have certifications from groups like the Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers, as well as additional training in finance or accounting. If your business uses certain software or a coding system to organize financial data, request relevant experience in your job posting.

Bookkeeper experience requirements

While some entry-level Bookkeepers may only require a high school diploma and little work experience, employers may request an associate’s degree or higher with exceptions for more experienced applicants. Mid-level Bookkeepers generally have a few years of experience and, typically, a college degree. Senior-level Bookkeepers have a college degree or higher, plus five or more years of experience bookkeeping and leading teams and projects.

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