As of 2015, the median wage for an entry-level bookkeeper is $14 per hour. However, the yearly salary for a bookkeeper varies, as some bookkeepers are eligible for bonuses or commission and others receive overtime pay. The average bookkeeper makes $37,930 per year.
The primary job of a bookkeeper is maintaining records of financial transactions for a business. Duties associated with this job include preparing reports, balancing ledgers and performing light accounting. Many employers require bookkeepers to have at least and associate degree in accounting or another field. There are multiple types of bookkeeping software, and employers generally prefer applicants who have experience with a specific software type.