How to Make Your Next Accounting Clerk Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 18:13:50



More than 13,986 companies advertise 36,892 Accounting Clerk jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Accounting Clerk most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 9,082 job posts from 4,754 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 21.0% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 118 Accounting Clerk job seekers for every active Accounting Clerk job, which shows that it is an employer's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Accounts Payable Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Accounting Clerk, Customer Service Representative, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accountant, Staff Accountant, Bookkeeper, Receptionist, and Accounting Assistant seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Accounting Clerk candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Accounting Clerk candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 7.1% of the active Accounting Clerk candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 11.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 57.2% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 11.3 years to 11.0 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include accounting, Microsoft Excel, communication skills, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Microsoft Word, accounts payable, computer skills, accounting software, and analysis skills. Demand for writing skills, dealership experience, Spanish, typing, financial report interpretation, 10 key calculator, English, computer literacy, microsoft dynamics gp, and word processing has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Accounting Clerk with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.1 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 39.7% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 10.0%.

Example Accounting Clerk responsibilities

  • Preparing invoices for payment
  • Maintaining and updating accounts payable
  • Scanning in receipts, documents, or information onto a computer system to be saved digitally
  • Coding and categorizing transactions for Accounts Payable
  • Reviewing account statements, making sure they are accurate and in agreement with invoices or receipts before they are sent to clients


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Accounting Clerk positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois are the states that have the highest demand for Accounting Clerks. California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois are where most job seekers are searching for Accounting Clerk jobs. If we look at the Accounting Clerk to job ratio, Hawaii, Utah, California, Alaska, and Vermont have the lowest number of Accounting Clerk applicants per job. Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine, and Connecticut have the most active Accounting Clerk job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 1,039,274 job seekers interested in Accounting Clerk opportunities in the United States. That’s a 35.8% increase compared to the previous quarter with 786,522 active job seekers. Around 7.1% of the active Accounting Clerk candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 11.2% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 57.2% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Accounting Clerk candidates is 11.0 years. Active candidates in the Accounting Clerk profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by high school diplomas, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Accounting Clerk candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 5,407 Accounting Clerks from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Walmart, Accenture, Robert Half, Sam's Club, Citi, Global Concessions, The Salvation Army, Oracle, Circle K, and US Foods.

After analyzing post-interview data from Accounting Clerk candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 41.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.1% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Accounting Clerk candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and group interview. Most employers do not require a drug test or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Accounting Clerk quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 69.8% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 40% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What software are you proficient in using?
  • What do you like and dislike most about your job?
  • What characteristics do you feel are important in successful employees?
  • Are you able to work independently?
  • Do you feel the need to always do things perfectly?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Accounting Clerk salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 0% from $48,983.37 to $48,756.29 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Accounting Clerk positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 80.0%, paid time off by 79.0%, dental insurance by 77.0%, a 401k plan by 62.0%, vision insurance by 59.0%, discounts by 24.0%, and stock options/grants by 9.0%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, location variety, paternity leave, sabbaticals, somewhat remote, flexible working hours, mostly remote, and fully remote, to attract and retain Accounting Clerk candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 32.5% of the employers conducted a background check, and 19.1% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Accounting Clerk candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Accounting Clerk, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Accounting Clerk candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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