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Bookkeeping in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Bookkeeping Programs in Pennsylvania

Each year, approximately 0.1% of Pennsylvania graduates receive certificates in bookkeeping. That means an estimated 502 bookkeeping clerks graduate from Pennsylvania's 28 bookkeeping schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a bookkeeping program is Temple University. Temple University, which was ranked 24th in the country in 2010, is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, no students graduated from Temple University's bookkeeping program. Tuition at Temple University was $12,424 per year.

Prism Career Institute, which is located in Philadelphia, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a bookkeeping program. It received a ranking of 68th in the country in 2010.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a bookkeeping program is Laurel Business Institute, which is located in Uniontown. In 2010, it was ranked 70th nationwide. 4 students graduated with certificate in bookkeeping from Laurel Business Institute in 2010. Students at Laurel Business Institute paid $8,715 per year in tuition fees.


Bookkeeping schools in Pennsylvania, charge students an average tuition of $7,438 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $24,582 per year, or as little as $2,700 per year. In 2010, the bookkeeping schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Gannon University - located in Erie, students are charged $24,582 per year
  2. Peirce College - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $15,300 per year
  3. Pittsburgh Technical Institute - located in Oakdale, students are charged $14,760 per year

The following Pennsylvania bookkeeping schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Westmoreland County Community College - located in Youngwood, students are charged $2,700 per year
  2. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  3. Community College of Beaver County - located in Monaca, students are charged $2,796 per year

A bookkeeping certificate from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

The highest percentage of bookkeeping graduates in Pennsylvania pursue careers as a bookkeeping clerk. In 2010, there were 66,840 bookkeeping clerks working in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania counties with the largest populations of bookkeeping clerks are:

  1. Bucks County - 22,640 bookkeeping clerks
  2. Allegheny County - 13,740 bookkeeping clerks
  3. Warren County - 3,830 bookkeeping clerks

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of bookkeeping clerks in Pennsylvania will grow by 2%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 84,900 bookkeeping clerks working in Pennsylvania.


A bookkeeping clerk in Pennsylvania makes an average of $35,540 per year. But, salaries for bookkeeping clerks can vary. In 2010, bookkeeping clerks made as little as less than $16,170 per year or as much as more than $57,640 per year in Pennsylvania. The counties in Pennsylvania with the highest average salary for a bookkeeping clerk are:

  1. Bucks County - $39,960 per year
  2. Cumberland County - $36,510 per year
  3. Warren County - $35,810 per year

The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest average salary for bookkeeping clerks are:

  1. Cambria County - $27,260 per year
  2. Blair County - $29,140 per year
  3. Bedford County - $29,810 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in bookkeeping in Pennsylvania and to compare salaries with various related fields such as small business or finance, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Bookkeeping in Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 66,840 $35,540 -9.6%
Billing and Posting Clerks 24,680 $32,200 11.9%

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