Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
SOC: 43-3021.02

Description:

Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
514,600 employed

Projected (2024):
581,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Manager
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bill Checker
  • Bill Clerk
  • Bill of Lading Clerk
  • Bill of Materials Clerk (BOM Clerk)
  • Biller
  • Billing and Accounting Staff Assistant
  • Billing Assistant
  • Billing Clerk
  • Billing Control Clerk
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Billing Manager
  • Billing Specialist
  • Billing Typist
  • Certified Coding Specialist
  • COD Clerk (Cash On Delivery Clerk)
  • Contract Administrator
  • Cost Recorder
  • Demurrage Agent
  • Demurrage Clerk
  • Demurrage Worker
  • Deposit Clerk
  • Deposit Refund Clerk
  • Documentation Billing Clerk
  • Estimate Clerk
  • Evaluator
  • Fee Clerk
  • Foreign Clerk
  • Freight Rate Analyst
  • Freight Rate Clerk
  • Freight Rate Specialist
  • Insurance Coder
  • Insurance Rater
  • Insurance Specialist
  • Interline Clerk
  • Invoice Checker
  • Invoice Clerk
  • Invoice Control Clerk
  • Laundry Pricing Clerk
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Billing Clerk
  • Medical Billing Coder
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Medical Insurance Biller
  • Medical Insurance Coder
  • Medical Reimbursement Specialist
  • Medical Voucher Clerk
  • Message and Delivery Service Pricer
  • Office Manager
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Patient Financial Representative
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Personal Property Assessor
  • Policy Value Calculator
  • Posting Clerk
  • Price Lister
  • Pricer
  • Pricing Clerk
  • Principal Account Clerk
  • Rate Clerk
  • Rate Examiner
  • Rate Marker
  • Rate Reviewer
  • Rate Setter
  • Rater
  • Rating Clerk
  • Rating Examiner
  • Receipt and Report Clerk
  • Reconciliation Clerk
  • Revising Clerk
  • Sample Clerk
  • Securities Clerk
  • Services Clerk
  • Settlement Clerk
  • Spot Billing Clerk
  • Tax Clerk
  • Telegraph Service Rater
  • Toll Settlement Clerk
  • Toll Ticket Clerk
  • Tonnage Compilation Clerk
  • Traffic Rate Clerk
  • Traffic Rate Computer
  • Voucher Clerk
  • Wharfinger
  • Yard Demurrage Clerk


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Verify accuracy of billing data and revise any errors.
  • Operate typing, adding, calculating, or billing machines.
  • Prepare itemized statements, bills, or invoices and record amounts due for items purchased or services rendered.
  • Review documents such as purchase orders, sales tickets, charge slips, or hospital records to compute fees or charges due.
  • Perform bookkeeping work, including posting data or keeping other records concerning costs of goods or services or the shipment of goods.
  • Keep records of invoices and support documents.
  • Resolve discrepancies in accounting records.
  • Type billing documents, shipping labels, credit memorandums, or credit forms, using typewriters or computers.
  • Contact customers to obtain or relay account information.
  • Compute credit terms, discounts, shipment charges, or rates for goods or services to complete billing documents.
  • Answer mail or telephone inquiries regarding rates, routing, or procedures.
  • Track accumulated hours and dollar amounts charged to each client job to calculate client fees for professional services, such as legal or accounting services.
  • Review compiled data on operating costs and revenues to set rates.
  • Compile reports of cost factors, such as labor, production, storage, or equipment.
  • Consult sources such as rate books, manuals, or insurance company representatives to determine specific charges or information such as rules, regulations, or government tax and tariff information.
  • Update manuals when rates, rules, or regulations are amended.
  • Estimate market value of products or services.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Billing machines
  • Bookkeeping machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Handheld calculators
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Scanners
  • Accounting software
  • Allscripts Professional PM
  • Automated billing software
  • Brightree software
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • File management systems
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • McKesson Medisoft software
  • Medical billing software
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle software
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Prime Clinical Systems software
  • QuoteWerks software
  • Sage Medical Manager
  • SAP software
  • Seasoft software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • office and administrative support


    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330