Cost Clerk 

As a cost clerk, you investigate the cost associated with operations, such ass wages, materials and overheads.

You compile data to prepare operating budgets, and profit and loss calculations.  



  • Office Work

A typical day may involve:

  • calculating and analysing the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs
  • preparing bank reconciliations
  • allocating expenditure to budget accounts
  • summarising expenditure and receipts
  • preparing records of standard costs and values for items such as raw materials and packaging supplies
  • recording cost variations and contract price movements
  • investigating the costs of proposed expenditures, quotations and estimates
  • preparing reports

It helps to be good at:

  • maths and budgeting
  • communicating clearly
  • attention to detail
  • using technology

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III in Accounts Administration
  • Cert III in Business Administration


  • Traineeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing 
  • Government 

Related Roles

  • Bookkeeper

  • Construction estimator 

  • Accounts Clerk 


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