Billing, Cost and Rate Clerk  What They Do

Compiles data, computes fees and charges, and prepares invoices for billing purposes. May involve the use of a computer or typewriter, calculator, or adding machine.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative and Information Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Computes amounts due from purchase orders, sales tickets, and charge slips.
  • Computes credit terms, discounts, and purchase prices for billing documents.
  • Keeps records of invoices and supporting documents.
  • Consults manuals that include rates, rules, regulations, and government tax and tariff information.
  • Compiles cost factor reports, such as labor, production, storage, and equipment.
  • Verifies data from vendor invoices to ensure accuracy.
  • Prepares billing documents, shipping labels, and credit forms.
  • Resolves differences in accounting records.
  • Answers mail and telephone inquiries about rates, routing, and procedures.
  • Estimates the market value of products or services.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Accounts Receivable Clerk -- Keeps track of invoices, purchases and money transactions within a company.
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