Financial Clerks

Career, Salary and Education Information

What They Do: Financial clerks do administrative work, keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Work Environment: Financial clerks usually work in offices, including bank branches, medical practices, and government agencies. Most work full time.

How to Become One: A high school diploma is typically required for most financial clerk positions. These workers typically learn their job duties through on-the-job training.

Salary: The median annual wage for financial clerks is $39,570.

Job Outlook: Employment of financial clerks is projected to grow 5 percent over the next ten years, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

Related Careers: Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of financial clerks with similar occupations.

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  • Financial Accounting Clerk - Adecco - Samoa, CA

    As an Financial Accounting Clerk you will compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep office financial records complete. You may also perform any combination of routine calculating, posting ...

  • Accounts Payable Clerk - Brilliant Financial Staffing- Schaumburg - Arlington Heights, IL

    Brilliant Financial Staffing is currently engaged in a candidate search on a temporary to hire basis for an Accounts Payable Clerk . Our client is a distribution company located in Arlington Heights ...

  • Accounts Payable Clerk - Creative Financial Staffing (CFS) - Hinsdale, IL

    Our client is seeking an AP Clerk to join their team. Responsibilities ... Obtain primary financial data for accounting records * Compute and record numerical data * Check ...

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What Financial Clerks Do[About this section] [To Top]

Financial clerks do administrative work for many types of organizations. They keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Duties of Financial Clerks

Financial clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep and update financial records
  • Compute bills and charges
  • Offer customer assistance
  • Carry out financial transactions

Financial clerks give administrative and clerical support in financial settings. Their specific job duties vary by specialization and by setting.

The following are examples of types of financial clerks:

Billing and posting clerks calculate charges, generate bills, and prepare them to be mailed to customers. They review documents such as purchase orders, sales tickets, charge slips, and hospital records to compute fees or charges due. They also contact customers to get or give account information.

Gaming cage workers work in casinos and other gaming establishments. The "cage" in which they work is the central depository for money and gaming chips. Gaming cage workers sell gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to patrons. They count funds and reconcile daily summaries of transactions in order to balance books.

Payroll and timekeeping clerks compile and post employee time and payroll data. They verify and record attendance, hours worked, and pay adjustments. They ensure that employees are paid on time and that their paychecks are accurate.

Procurement clerks compile requests for materials, prepare purchase orders, keep track of purchases and supplies, and handle questions about orders. They respond to questions from customers and suppliers about the status of orders. Procurement clerks handle requests to change or cancel orders. They make sure that purchases arrive on schedule and that the items meet the purchaser's specifications.

Brokerage clerks help with tasks associated with securities such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and other kinds of investments. Their duties include writing orders for stock purchases and sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks review the credit history, and get the information needed to determine the creditworthiness, of individuals or businesses applying for credit. Credit authorizers evaluate customers' computerized credit records and payment histories to decide, based on predetermined standards, whether to approve new credit. Credit checkers call or write credit departments of business and service establishments to get information about applicants' credit standing.

Loan interviewers, also called loan processors or loan clerks, interview applicants and others to get and verify personal and financial information needed to complete loan applications. They also prepare the documents that go to the appraiser and are issued at the closing of a loan.

New accounts clerks interview people who want to open accounts in financial institutions. They explain the account services available to prospective customers and help them fill out applications. They also investigate and correct errors in accounts.

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks process applications for insurance policies. They also handle customers' requests to change or cancel their existing policies. Their duties include interviewing clients and reviewing insurance applications to ensure that all questions have been answered. They also notify insurance agents and accounting departments of policy cancellations or changes.

Work Environment for Financial Clerks[About this section] [To Top]

Financial clerks hold about 1.4 million jobs. Employment in the detailed occupations that make up financial clerks is distributed as follows:

Billing and posting clerks 486,300
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 308,800
Loan interviewers and clerks 226,300
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 150,400
Procurement clerks 70,800
Brokerage clerks 56,100
New accounts clerks 41,900
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 30,300
Gaming cage workers 16,300

The largest employers of financial clerks are as follows:

Insurance carriers and related activities 21%
Credit intermediation and related activities 18%
Healthcare and social assistance 18%
Professional, scientific, and technical services 7%
Administrative and support services 5%

Financial clerks work in a variety of industries, and they usually work in an office setting.

Financial Clerk Work Schedules

Most financial clerks work full time.

How to Become a Financial Clerk[About this section] [To Top]

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A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for most financial clerk jobs. These workers usually learn their duties through on-the-job training.

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Education for Financial Clerks

Financial clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. Employers of brokerage clerks may prefer candidates who have taken some college courses in business or economics and, in some cases, who have a 2- or 4-year college degree.

Financial Clerk Training

Most financial clerks learn how to do their job duties through on-the-job training. Some formal technical training also may be necessary; for example, gaming cage workers may need training in specific gaming regulations and procedures.

Advancement for Financial Clerks

Financial clerks can advance to related occupations in finance. For example, a loan interviewer or clerk can become a loan officer, and a brokerage clerk can become a securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent, after obtaining the required education and license.

Important Qualities for Financial Clerks

Communication skills. Financial clerks should have good communication skills so that they can explain policies and procedures to colleagues and customers.

Math skills. The job duties of financial clerks includes calculating charges and updating financial records.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for financial clerks because they must be able to find files quickly and efficiently.

Financial Clerk Salaries[About this section] [More salary/earnings info] [To Top]

The median annual wage for financial clerks is $39,570. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,120.

Median annual wages for financial clerks are as follows:

Brokerage clerks $51,400
Payroll and timekeeping clerks $45,050
Procurement clerks $42,670
Loan interviewers and clerks $39,890
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks $39,660
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks $38,750
Billing and posting clerks $37,800
New accounts clerks $35,800
Gaming cage workers $27,490

The median annual wages for financial clerks in the top industries in which they work are as follows:

Insurance carriers and related activities $40,010
Professional, scientific, and technical services $39,390
Credit intermediation and related activities $38,920
Administrative and support services $38,350
Healthcare and social assistance $37,880

Most financial clerks work full time.

Job Outlook for Financial Clerks[About this section] [To Top]

Employment of financial clerks is projected to grow 5 percent over the next ten years, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Detailed projected growth rates for these occupations are viewable in the table below.

The availability of online tools is expected to slow future employment growth and has reduced demand for many of these occupations, including credit authorizers, checkers and clerks, procurement clerks, and new accounts clerks. Similarly, productivity-enhancing technology is slowing demand for other clerks, such as payroll and timekeeping clerks.

Billing and posting clerks, loan interviewers and clerks, and insurance claims and policy processing clerks do tasks that are less susceptible to automation, namely contacting and interviewing applicants and customers to gather information. Therefore, these clerks are expected to see employment growth in line with the healthcare, banking, and insurance industries, respectively.

Job Prospects for Financial Clerks

Job prospects for financial clerks are likely to be good, because employers will need to hire new workers to replace those who leave the occupation.

Employment projections data for Financial Clerks, 2018-28
Occupational Title Employment, 2018 Projected Employment, 2028 Change, 2018-28
Percent Numeric
Financial clerks 1,387,200 1,459,300 5 72,100
  Billing and posting clerks 486,300 536,300 10 50,000
  Gaming cage workers 16,300 16,800 3 500
  Payroll and timekeeping clerks 150,400 145,600 -3 -4,800
  Procurement clerks 70,800 66,500 -6 -4,300
  Brokerage clerks 56,100 58,700 5 2,700
  Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 30,300 28,900 -5 -1,400
  Loan interviewers and clerks 226,300 245,800 9 19,500
  New accounts clerks 41,900 38,800 -7 -3,000
  Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 308,800 321,800 4 12,900


*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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