Billing clerks are good with numbers have customer service skills and are good at compiling documents. They usually work in offices where they figure out how much money customers owe to a business or a health care institution and they prepare itemized billing statements both for customers and for their own records.
Particularly in medical settings billing can be complex and the billing clerk usually has to check with the insurance company to determine what amount of the bill is covered and how much the patient must pay out of pocket. The educational background required for this career can vary but most billing clerk jobs require a high school diploma or the equivalent. They should complete courses in business and mathematics to prepare for this career. However some employers give preference to job applicants with a two-year associate's degree in business even though most jobs entail on-the-job training in the accounting method specific to the company.
Billing clerks with a four-year bachelor's degree have the best prospects for advancement and those who show a high level of competence are often promoted to supervisory positions.
According to the website Careers.stateuniversity.com most billing clerks work 35 to 40 hours per week. Many of their tasks are repetitive and performed while they sit at a desk.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Bls.gov the median annual salary for billing clerks is approximately $28000 although wages depend on type size and location of the organization.