What does an Accounts Receivable do?

Accounts receivable specialists are tasked with overseeing billing operations and processes in order to ensure collection of account balances. This generally entails billing for invoiced orders, supporting collection efforts, and reviewing account disrepancies. Accounts receivable specialists are needed in a variety of accounting environments.

Most accounts receivable specialists have an associate's degree in accounting. The best accounts receivable specialists have a knack for numbers, are very outcome oriented, and have strong prioritization skills.

  • Process accounts receivable transactions
  • Continuous evaluation of current policies and recommendations for process improvements
  • Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Provide support for internal and external audits
  • Prepare cash receipts for processing
  • Perform account reconciliations in a timely and accurate manner
  • Manage collection efforts and associated functions
  • At minimum, an associate's degree in Accounting or related field
  • 2-3 years of experience with collections, invoicing, and/or accounts receivable
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of GAAP and basic accounting principles
  • Strong attention to detail with a dedication to accuracy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze large sets of data
  • High degree of familiarity with accounts receivable functions
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Accounts Receivable Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,100 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $44K
$57K
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Accounts Receivable Career Path

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

L2
Accounts Receivable Specialist
$47,934/yr
L3
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Accounts Receivable Insights

Read what Accounts Receivable professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Keller AssociatesKeller Associates
AR Specialist
Oct. 16, 2019

“I have enjoyed every minute of working here and I feel that everyone is very warm and welcoming.”

StrataPTStrataPT
AR Specialist
May 19, 2020

“Everyone is so kind and helpful and I am proud to say that I work here.”

iHeartMediaiHeartMedia
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Nov. 2, 2021

“They do pay into your HSA each year though and pay for LifeLock which is nice.”

Allen(CO)Allen(CO)
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Feb. 22, 2020

“Worked there for not even 1 week and was upfront and honest in my interview that I was not an expert in Excel.”

Harbor DistributingHarbor Distributing
AR Associate
Nov. 6, 2019

“The work got really repetitive and I felt like there wasn't a lot of upward movement.”

Captiv8 PromotionsCaptiv8 Promotions
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Mar. 18, 2020

“I was not given the full picture when starting this job and the benefits are not great.”

OptumOptum
AR Specialist
Mar. 6, 2020

“You will get salary hike which I can consider it in pros otherwise nothing is good.”

Dell TechnologiesDell Technologies
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Jun. 10, 2020

“Dell will be the best choice if you are looking for an opportunity to grow in terms of your career.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an accounts receivable

When working as an accounts receivable, 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 receivable are:
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant
  • Project Accountant

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