What does a Bookkeeper do?

Bookkeepers are primarily responsible for maintaining a company's general ledger, which entails recording daily transactions, deposits, and income. The majority of bookkeepers work in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry.

Bookkeepers usually have a Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. The best bookeepers are extremely familiar with GAAP and comfortable working in QuickBooks. Bookkeepers must be detail oriented, have strong math skills, and be efficient.

  • Perform payroll functions in an accurate and timely manner, and submit payroll taxes
  • Conduct reconciliation of all accounts on an as needed basis
  • Maintain and balance the general ledger in an accurate, complete, and up-to-date manner
  • Perform all activities related to the accounts payable function including reviewing, coding, and processing payments
  • Perform account receivable functions including invoicing, deposits, collections, and revenue recognition
  • Prepare financial reports through collection, analysis, and summarization of data
  • Interpret and apply accounting policies, rules, and regulations to all work in order to ensure compliance with applicable standards
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • 3-5 years relevant experience working in accounting and bookkeeping
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of GAAP
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient skills in QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general ledger
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Bookkeeper Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,361 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $40K
$58K
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Bookkeeper Career Path

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L2
Bookkeeper
$40,361/yr
L3
L4
Lead Bookkeeper
$37,421/yr
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Bookkeeper Insights

Read what Bookkeeper professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Kitay Law OfficesKitay Law Offices
Full Charge Bookkeeper
Jun 18, 2020

“Another awesome thing about the job is the flexible work hours and the ability to work from home.”

RalphsRalphs
Bookkeeper
May 24, 2021

“Calling out sick is a huge hassle because no one else can do your job.”

Sierra Realty & ManagementSierra Realty & Management
Bookkeeper
Jun 15, 2019

“Every employee is skilled with work ethics that allows us to do our work with minimal supervision.”

Wei Wei &CoWei Wei &Co
Assistant Part-time Bookkeeper
Jan 28, 2021

“People are nice and friendly.”

Daycom Media
Bookkeeper
Apr 15, 2021

“flexible work schedule is great”

RalphsRalphs
Bookkeeper
Feb 27, 2021

“early morning bookkeeping schedule is good”

Dream Motors (Canada)
Bookkeeper
Oct 16, 2019

“Less responsibility and I want to advance my career in accounting”

IntuitIntuit
QuickBooks Live Bookkeeper
Aug 3, 2021

“I wish it paid just a little bit more but pay isn't terrible.”

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