Billing, Cost and Rate Clerk  What They Do

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Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks Career Video

Compiles data, computes fees and charges, and prepares invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Sales and Service pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Verifies accuracy of billing data and revises any errors.
  • Prepares itemized statements, bills, or invoices and records amounts due for items purchased or services rendered.
  • Performs bookkeeping work, including posting data or keeping other records concerning costs of goods or services or the shipment of goods.
  • Operates typing, adding, calculating, or billing machines.
  • Answers mail or telephone inquiries regarding rates, routing, or procedures.
  • Resolves discrepancies in accounting records.
  • Types billing documents, shipping labels, credit memorandums, or credit forms, using typewriters or computers.
  • Contacts customers to obtain or relay account information.
  • Reviews documents such as purchase orders, sales tickets, charge slips, or hospital records to compute fees or charges due.
  • Keeps records of invoices and support documents.

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 involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third 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 Payable Clerk -- Reconciles and pays all approved expenditures for a company, and ensures all expenses are paid in a timely fashion.
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk -- Keeps track of invoices, purchases and money transactions within a company.
  • Administrative Assistant -- Aids executive in staff capacity by coordinating office services, such as personnel, budget preparation and control, housekeeping, records control, and special management studies.
  • Biller --
  • Billing Clerk --
  • Billing Coordinator --
  • Billing Specialist --
  • Office Manager --