How to Make Your Next Accounts Payable Clerk Hire

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Last updated at 09-15-2020 14:32:16



More than 21,397 companies advertise 60,036 Accounts Payable 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 Accounts Payable Clerk most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 14,043 job posts from 7,293 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 11.9% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 99 Accounts Payable Clerk job seekers for every active Accounts Payable Clerk job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Accounts Payable Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Accounting Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Staff Accountant, Accountant, Receptionist, Bookkeeper, and Accounting Assistant seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Accounts Payable 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 Accounts Payable Clerk candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 4.6% of the active Accounts Payable Clerk candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 8.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 21.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 65.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 13.3 years to 13.2 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 accounts payable, Microsoft Excel, communication skills, accounting, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, customer service, data entry, Microsoft Outlook, and computer skills. Demand for writing skills, English, windows, negotiation, math, Sage, Netsuite, multilingualism, edi, and computer literacy has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Accounts Payable Clerk with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 34.7% 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 20.0%.

Example Accounts Payable Clerk responsibilities

  • Compile daily account payables from expense reports and purchase orders
  • Enter payments information in the computer
  • Keep detailed records of payments received and processed
  • Review invoices and other supporting documentation
  • Correspond with vendors to ensure accuracy of invoice charges and requests


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 Accounts Payable 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 Accounts Payable Clerks. California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois are where most job seekers are searching for Accounts Payable Clerk jobs. If we look at the Accounts Payable Clerk to job ratio, Arizona, California, Utah, Alaska, and Minnesota have the lowest number of Accounts Payable Clerk applicants per job. Mississippi, West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Georgia have the most active Accounts Payable 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 1,377,293 job seekers interested in Accounts Payable Clerk opportunities in the United States. That’s a 27.8% increase compared to the previous quarter with 1,091,550 active job seekers. Around 4.6% of the active Accounts Payable Clerk candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 8.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 21.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 65.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Accounts Payable Clerk candidates is 13.2 years. Active candidates in the Accounts Payable Clerk profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by bachelor's degrees, 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 Accounts Payable 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 11,536 Accounts Payable Clerks from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Robert Half, Ajilon, Accounting Principals, Walmart, Genpact, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Hilton, Randstad, Accenture, and Johnstone Supply.

After analyzing post-interview data from Accounts Payable Clerk candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 44.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.3% 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 Accounts Payable Clerk candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and group interview. Most employers do not require a written test or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Accounts Payable Clerk quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 68.6% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 41% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What are you looking for in a job?
  • How much do you expect your salary to be?
  • Is there anything you didn’t like about your previous position?
  • Why were you interested in working with this firm?
  • What makes an ideal candidate for this position? How does this position match up to your expectations? What are they?

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 Accounts Payable 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 $46,937.83 to $46,901.82 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Accounts Payable Clerk positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 83.3%, paid time off by 73.8%, dental insurance by 72.5%, a 401k plan by 64.4%, vision insurance by 63.9%, discounts by 24.9%, and stock options/grants by 10.7%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, sabbaticals, fully remote, flexible working hours, somewhat remote, location variety, maternity leave, and mostly remote, to attract and retain Accounts Payable Clerk candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 33.5% of the employers conducted a background check, and 22.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Accounts Payable Clerk candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Accounts Payable 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 Accounts Payable Clerk candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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