Pay rates for accounts officers vary depending on the type of role they do.
Accounts officers / assistants earn between $34,000 and $55,000 a year.
Bookkeepers earn between $40,000 and $70,000.
Accounts receivable officers earn between $40,000 and $75,000.
Accounts payable officers earn between $38,000 and $75,000.
Payroll officers earn between $45,000 and $90,000.
Source : Hays, 'Hays 2014 Salary Guide', 2014.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Accounts officers may do some or all of the following :
handle general accounts queries
arrange payment of bills and accounts
check and bank payments received each day
keep records of financial transactions
check credit ratings of new customers
keep records of costs such as labour and materials
compare costs with budgets.
Skills and knowledge
Accounts officers need to have :
basic accounting and maths skills
an understanding of how goods and services tax (GST) works
knowledge of computer and accounting software.
Accounts officers :
usually work regular hours, but may work weekends or evenings to meet deadlines
work in offices, but may travel to visit clients within their local area.
There are no specific entry requirements to become an accounts officer as skills and qualifications are gained on the job.
At least three years of secondary education is preferred. Useful subjects include English, maths, computer studies and accounting.
Accounts officers need to be :
Useful experience for accounts officers includes :
Experience in buying and selling may also be useful.