What does an Accounts Payable 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 Salaries

Average Base Pay

£24,159 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £24K
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Accounts Payable Career Path

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Wisco Supply
Accounts Payable
19 May 2021

“I learned so much about this position and I was grateful enough to work with a great manager.”

Brittany Global Technologies
Accounts Payable
7 Jul 2021

“If you are studying or have interest in accounting it is a great position to learn and further your career.”

Accounts Payable Specialist
27 Sep 2019

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

Account Payable Specialist
22 Mar 2021

“I had lots of opportunities to learn all aspects of the company and I am grateful for that.”

BYU Store
Accounts Payable Clerk
17 Jun 2019

“The pay is not the best but this is kind of expected for a student job.”

Accounts Payable Specialist
23 Apr 2020

“Management in my experience at Epiq is the best of any company in my entire career.”

International Automotive ComponentsInternational Automotive Components
Accounts Payable Clerk
27 Jun 2019

“The best part about my employment was the flexible hours so I could accommodate classes (and my second job).”

Anglin Services
Accounts Payable Specialist
2 May 2021

“Fun and good pay!”

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