How Much Do Bookkeepers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$44100 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,050 to $33,920 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,050 to $33,920 per year or $13 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $31 $63,900
Senior (Top 25%) $25 $52,430
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $42,410
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,920
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,050

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $28 $57,950
MA $24 $50,710
CT $24 $50,530
CA $24 $50,160
AK $24 $49,200
NY $24 $49,030
WA $23 $48,490
NJ $23 $48,200
RI $23 $47,880
MD $23 $47,310

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerk is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Bookkeepers are in the states of DC, MA, CT, CA and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Postal Service (Federal Government) $70820 $34.05
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $58930 $28.33
Natural Gas Distribution $55880 $26.87
Metal Ore Mining $54590 $26.25
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds $54300 $26.11
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $53430 $25.69
Software Publishers $51840 $24.92
Scientific Research and Development Services $51730 $24.87
Other Information Services $51610 $24.81
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $50900 $24.47
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $50000 $24.04
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $49680 $23.89
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $49580 $23.84
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing $49270 $23.69
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing $49160 $23.64
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $48960 $23.54
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures $48890 $23.51
Federal Executive Branch $48880 $23.50
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $48810 $23.47
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $48770 $23.45
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $48690 $23.41
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $48420 $23.28
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $48370 $23.26
Oil and Gas Extraction $48320 $23.23
Nonresidential Building Construction $48300 $23.22
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $48060 $23.11
Nonscheduled Air Transportation $48050 $23.10
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $48010 $23.08
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $48000 $23.08
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $47990 $23.07

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