A billing clerk performs the calculations on a company’s customer bills and prepares them for being sent out. The clerk needs to properly assess everything a customer owes a company, by reviewing all of the company’s expenses and performed services related to that customer for the past fiscal period. Additionally, it is a billing clerk’s responsibility to properly calculate a customer’s balance with regards to any promotions and discounts the company may be currently running. The billing clerk then submits the final bill to the company’s system, from where it’s sent directly to the customer.
For a position that deals with finances on a constant basis like a billing clerk does, it’s rather easy-going in its educational requirements – generally, a high school diploma will be sufficient for becoming accepted to the position, with the majority of important skills being taught afterwards, as the candidate undergoes their first few weeks on the job. Good mathematics skills are required, as is the ability to perform calculations on the fly without using extra equipment – billing clerks normally work with large amounts of information which must be processed quickly.
A billing clerk’s salary can vary between $28,000 and $40,000 annually. The amount earned increases proportionally to the size of the company’s financial operations (and thus the workload that the billing clerk must cope with), and some larger companies offer substantial compensations that go well over $40,000, but usually require several years of prior experience from candidates.