What does a Senior 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.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Bookkeeper jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Bookkeeper jobs?
  • 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
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Bookkeeper Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,854 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$44K
Median: $54K
$67K
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Senior Bookkeeper Career Path

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

L3
Senior Bookkeeper
$53,854/yr
L4
Lead Bookkeeper
$47,673/yr
L5
Bookkeeper V
$46,838/yr
L3

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
61%
5 - 7
20%
8+
6%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Senior Bookkeeper Insights

Read what Senior Bookkeeper professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
IntuitIntuit
QuickBooks Live Bookkeeper
Jan 5, 2021

“Worked with nice people who really worked hard and tried to provide good customer service.”

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.”

The UPS StoreThe UPS Store
Bookkeeper
May 25, 2022

“pay ain't great but thanks to inflation i've been getting raises at least once every six months”

Volute London
Bookkeeper
Dec 3, 2020

“There is a lot of respect for your personal time and I think in general Volute offers a good work life balance.”

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

“People are nice and friendly.”

IntuitIntuit
Associate Bookkeeper
Dec 16, 2021

“I definitely am really excited about the opportunity and I am confident I will move up quickly.”

Daycom Media
Bookkeeper
Apr 15, 2021

“flexible work schedule is great”

RalphsRalphs
Bookkeeper
Feb 27, 2021

“early morning bookkeeping schedule is good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Senior Bookkeeper

When working as a Senior Bookkeeper, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Confidence, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Relationship-building and Spanish.

The most similar professions to Senior Bookkeeper are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become a Senior Bookkeeper 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.

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