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How will your bookkeeping education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a bookkeeping certificate at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 835 brick and mortar bookkeeping schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with bookkeeping programs were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois
  2. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida
  3. Temple University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 15,920 students graduated with certificates in bookkeeping. Of these students, 8,384 received certifications in bookkeeping, 7,535 received an undergraduate degree in bookkeeping, and 1 received a graduate-level degree in bookkeeping.


Students can pursue education in bookkeeping at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Bookkeeping
  • Bachelor's Degree in Bookkeeping
  • Master's Degree in Bookkeeping
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying bookkeeping:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Economics
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Systems Analysis
  • Law


Students at bookkeeping schools around the nation paid an average of $18,288 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The bookkeeping schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois, students paid $38,463
  2. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $36,188
  3. Quinnipiac University - located in Hamden, Connecticut, students paid $32,400

The bookkeeping schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Navajo Technical College - located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, students paid $1,555
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910
  3. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, Alaska, students paid $5,138

How will your bookkeeping job compare?

The highest percentage of bookkeeping graduates pursue careers as bookkeeping clerks. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 1,675,250 bookkeeping clerks. The following states have the largest number of bookkeeping clerks:

  1. California - 184,090 Bookkeeping Clerks
  2. Texas - 124,620 Bookkeeping Clerks
  3. New York - 122,970 Bookkeeping Clerks

Projected Growth

The projected growth for bookkeeping clerks is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 20%
  2. Georgia - 16%
  3. Texas - 14%


A bookkeeping clerk in the US earns $33,192 per year on average. However, factors such as experience, seniority, or education can cause the salary for a bookkeeping clerk to vary greatly. Salaries for bookkeeping clerks range from less than $15,670 per year to more than $68,810 per year. Bookkeeping clerks in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $48,470 per year
  2. Connecticut - $40,490 per year
  3. Alaska - $40,450 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for bookkeeping clerks:

  1. South Dakota - $27,490 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $28,860 per year
  3. West Virginia - $29,010 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,675,250 $35,340 -7.7%
Billing and Posting Clerks 483,440 $33,270 -5.8%