What does an Accounts Payable Specialist 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 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Accounts Payable Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,454 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $44K
$58K
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Accounts Payable Specialist Career Path

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

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Accounts Payable Specialist Insights

Read what Accounts Payable Specialist 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 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.”

WalmartWalmart
Accounts Payable Specialist
Sep 27, 2019

“Multiple people had to work this 40hrs a week job and a second job just to make ends meet.”

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.”

ABBABB
Accounts Payable
Jan 11, 2022

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

VerifoneVerifone
Accounts Payable Supervisor
Dec 13, 2019

“Reviews are not done according to performance but are based on friendships with upper management.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an accounts payable specialist

When working as an accounts payable specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, ERP System, Microsoft Office Suite, Attention To Detail, and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to accounts payable specialist are:
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  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant
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The most common qualifications to become an accounts payable specialist 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.