What does an Accounts Payable Manager do?

Accounts payable specialists are responsible for managing and maintaining financial records, with a particular emphasis on processing invoices and other bills. They review and reconcile invoices, obtain any necessary approvals, and initiate payment. They use a variety of AP software programs and other electronic tools to allow for fast and efficient processing and ensure accurate recordkeeping. They prepare year-end summaries, statements, and tax forms such as 1099s. They perform a range of general bookkeeping and accounting tasks.

Accounts payable specialists typically have at least a high school diploma, although additional training or education is helpful. They commonly have a background in accounting or administrative support, and ideally have experience in roles involving the processing of invoices. Proficiency with office software programs like Excel is generally expected.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Accounts Payable Manager make?

Confident
$57,038 /yr
Total Pay
$52,826
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$4,212
 /yr

Additional Pay

$57,038

 / yr
$39K$85K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Accounts Payable Manager Career Path

Learn how to become an Accounts Payable Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Accounting Manager
No Salary Reports
Accounts Payable Specialist IV
$51,759/yr
Accounts Payable Manager

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
59%
5 - 7
32%
8+
7%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Accounts Payable Manager Insights

Read what Accounts Payable Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Holly Hill HospitalHolly Hill Hospital
Accounts Payable Specialist
Jan 4, 2021

“I enjoy working with people who need help and I am a very caring and personable.”

Wisco Supply
Accounts Payable
May 19, 2021

“I learned so much about this position and I was grateful enough to work with a great manager.”

O'Reilly Auto PartsO'Reilly Auto Parts
Accounts Payable Specialist
Jan 20, 2022

“Training was sufficient and I felt like I could ask for help when I needed it”

Brittany Global TechnologiesBrittany Global Technologies
Accounts Payable
Jul 7, 2021

“If you are studying or have interest in accounting it is a great position to learn and further your career.”

VeritivVeritiv
Account Payable Specialist
Mar 22, 2021

“I had lots of opportunities to learn all aspects of the company and I am grateful for that.”

23rd Group23rd Group
Accounts Payable
Apr 13, 2023

“Honestly 23rd Group should be on the top 100 list of best places to work for!”

ABBABB
Accounts Payable
Jan 11, 2022

“ABB is one of the best company I have ever seen in my life very good work cul”

RocheRoche
Accounts Payable Associate
May 25, 2022

“career opportunities are narrow unless you really are looking to do AP for your whole life”

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Accounts Payable Manager Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Accounts Payable Manager

When working as an Accounts Payable Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Strong WORK Ethic, Interpersonal and Communication, Excellent Communication, and General Ledger.

The most similar professions to Accounts Payable Manager are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become an Accounts Payable Manager include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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